When Dr. Wang recommends a root canal to restore your damaged or infected tooth, there’s no reason to worry. Many teeth are saved and treated through root canals each year. This treatment can ease pain and make teeth healthy again.
If your tooth is damaged or infected, Dr. Wang at Jonathan C. Wang DDS Inc. in Pleasanton, California, can eliminate the infection, relieve your pain and discomfort, and restore your tooth using the most advanced and precise root canal treatment methods.
What Can Cause a Tooth Infection?
The tissues within your teeth may become infected by bacteria following an injury or as a result of leaving a cavity untreated for a long time. The infection can spread and enter the pulp or root of your tooth.
Do You Have an Infected Tooth?
The most common signs of an infection in the tooth include:
- Inflamed gums
- Painful throbbing
- Tooth sensitivity that lingers
- Severe tooth pain while drinking and eating
- Pus appearing from the tooth
- A tiny pimple-like bump over your gum
- Any intraoral or extraoral swelling
How Do Root Canal Treatments Work?
A root canal is performed to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves taking out the damaged portion within the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting the tooth, and sealing it with a biocompatible material.
A root canal procedure is necessary to treat nerve pain when the tooth is infected. Infections to the nerve can be caused by trauma, injury, decay. Severe bruxing can cause the nerve of a tooth to die and require a root canal. Symptoms include painful throbbing, sensitivity, tooth discoloration (gray or gray-brown color), and gum swelling or soreness.
Root Canal Treatment Process
At Jonathan C. Wang DDS Inc., we pride ourselves on successfully performing many successful root canal procedures each year, using modern technology. Dr. Wang uses local anesthesia before the procedure starts and makes sure that our patients are as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. Root canal treatment does not need to be an unpleasant experience.
For a root canal, you may require several dental appointments before it is completed. During your first visit, Dr. Wang will concentrate on getting rid of the infection by removing the nerve from the tooth that extends down into your tooth roots, cleaning out the tooth/root, allow any further infection to drain out if needed, and relieving any discomfort you may be experiencing.
The second appointment will focus on filling the root canal and restoring the tooth to its normal structure and function with either a simple filling or a post and build up which is required when a lot of tooth structure is missing when a crown will be needed to hold the tooth together.
The third appointment includes prepping the root canal treated tooth for a crown and taking a 3D scan or impression for the permanent crown that will be delivered at a subsequent appointment.