Root Canal Dentistry Morgan Hill
Root Canals Morgan Hill, CA
A root canal is a treatment for an infected or damaged pulp. The treatment aims to remove the infected pulp from the tooth. If a root canal is left untreated, the infection may spread and/or lead to a loss of the tooth. If the patient opts to have the tooth removed, it may cause the surrounding teeth to drift.
Root CanalsA root canal is a procedure that removes the bacteria and infection from the pulp of the tooth and restores the tooth so it looks and functions as it would before the damage. After an examination and x-ray of the affected area, the dentist will remove the infected pulp and clean the interior of the root thoroughly. The area will then be filled to restore the interior of the tooth. This stops the bacteria from causing an infection and prevents a recurrence of an infection in that tooth. If the tooth has visible damage, such as a large cavity or a missing portion of the tooth, you may also need a crown to restore the overall look and function of the tooth. Once the dentist prepares your tooth for the crown and takes impressions, a temporary crown will be fitted on the damaged tooth. This will be replaced with the permanent crown once it is manufactured, which will require an additional appointment. A root canal may be needed if you have a cavity that was not filled right away and has spread to the root of the tooth. Not every large cavity will require a root canal, but this can be a sign one may be needed. In addition, if you have a cavity that goes below the gum line, you may need a root canal to repair the tooth properly. Though a root canal may be a daunting prospect, it is important to your dental health. Since a root canal removes bacteria and infection from the pulp of the tooth, ignoring it can lead to serious health problems for your teeth and mouth. Contacting your Morgan Hill, CA dentist will help keep your dental health in good shape.
FAQsQ. How do I know if I need a root canal? A. Only your dentist can determine if you need a root canal. If you suspect you need a root canal, it is recommended that you make an appointment so your dentist can examine the problem tooth and help you decide the best treatment plan. However, there are some signs you may need a root canal. These signs include:
- persistent pain, which can radiate into the jawbone, neck, and ear
- swelling of the gums at the area of the problem tooth
- sensitivity of the tooth, especially to hot and cold temperatures
- a cavity that was not treated and has spread
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We are just off 101 with ample parking in Madrone Plaza, Morgan Hill
Monday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday – by Appointment