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Root Canal Treatment
Palo Alto, CA

Root Canal Therapy Diagram by Palo Alto Oral Health Root canal treatment or endodontic treatment is a dental surgery that is done to save a badly damaged or decayed tooth. This treatment is an excellent option if you want to save a diseased or injured tooth. At Palo Alto Oral Health, we can perform a root canal treatment on you in a painless and stress-free way.

How Do Root Canals Work?

Millions of people undergo root canal treatment everyday to save their teeth. The procedure is very common and minimally-invasive and helps to relieve pain and make your teeth healthy again.

Beneath the bright white enamel of your teeth and the hard yellowish-grey layer of your dentin lies the dental pulp. The dental pulp comprises a soft tissue, including the tooth nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissues, which ensures the development of your tooth.

However, once the tooth has matured, it can survive without this pulp as it will continue to derive nourishment from the surrounding tissue.
Hence, root canal therapy may remove the tooth pulp, but it does not cause any harm to the tooth. In fact, it is the only effective way to save a tooth that has a deep infection.

Saving your natural tooth has many benefits, including:

•  Restoring your tooth’s ability to chew.
•  Restoring the natural form of your tooth.
•  Protecting your remaining teeth from wear and tear.
•  Preserving the density of the jawbone by preventing bone necrosis.
•  Preserves the structure and shape of your face.

How Do You Know You Need a Root Canal Treatment?

There are a few symptoms that could mean you require a root canal treatment. These include:

•  Severe tooth pain when biting down or chewing.
•  A severely cracked or chipped tooth.
•  Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold food.
•  Pimples in the gum indicating abscessed root.
•  Darkening of the gums.
•  Change in the color of the tooth.

What Happens During a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment may be completed in multiple dental appointments. The treatment involves the following steps:

•  At Palo Alto Oral Health, our doctors will examine your tooth and take an x-ray to determine the extent of the infection and damage. They will then administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and place a protective sheet called a "dental dam" to keep your tooth isolated and free from saliva.
We will them make a small opening on the crown to access the inner chamber and use very fine instruments to take out the infected soft tissue from the pulp chambers and root canals.
•  Once the infection is removed, we will shape the cavity and clean it so the infection may not reoccur. We will then fill the space with a putty-like mixture of gutta-percha to seal the root canals.
•  A temporary filling in placed on the tooth so that bacteria or food debris may not enter the chamber.
•  Our next step will be to take the impression of your repaired tooth and send it to the dental lab to create a permanent dental crown for you. This can take 1 or 2 weeks.
•  Once the dental crown has been made, you will be called again so that we may fit it on top of your restored tooth. Once the crown is placed, you will be able to eat like normal again.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment has a very short recovery time. Typically, people may only feel minimal discomfort after the surgery but this will dissipate in a few days. If needed, we may recommend some over-the-counter painkillers to relieve the soreness.

Before the crown is placed on your tooth, you also need to take care not to chew too much on the repaired tooth. However, once the crown is placed, you can eat like you normally do.

If you feel increased pain or swelling around the site of the surgery, schedule an urgent appointment with us by calling us at (650) 321-9693. However, in most cases (over 98%), people do not have any lingering side effects and the treatment is successful in saving and strengthening your tooth.

Thank you for trusting us with your oral health. Give us a call at (650) 321-9693 .

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