The root canal cavity houses the dental pulp responsible for the sensation and nourishment of the teeth. The pulp may sometimes develop an infection from oral bacteria, leading to a very painful and invasive oral condition called root canal infection. At Spa Dentistry, San Jose, we emphasize endodontics to ensure your oral health keeps to its optimal state.
What Causes Root Canal Infection?
The entry of harmful oral bacteria into the root canal cavity causes a root canal infection. The leading cause of the infection is cavities. Cavities, in turn, are caused by tartar deposits on the teeth surfaces, which discharge acidic toxins. These toxins erode the enamel to cause cavities and, if left untreated, they grow deep enough to reach the root canal cavity. Some of the other causes are damaged teeth that expose the dental pulp to microbes, gum disease, etc.
What are the Symptoms of Root Canal Infection?
- Severe pain and discomfort while biting, chewing food, and brushing the teeth
- Bleeding and discharge of pus from the soft gum tissues near the infected tooth
- Loosening of the tooth from the jawbone
- Discoloration of the infected tooth
- Jawbone deterioration
- Risk of infecting the surrounding tissues
How Do We Treat a Root Canal Infection?
When you arrive at our dental practice in San Jose, our team of experts will diagnose your oral condition thoroughly. The treatment will be determined depending on the severity of the infection and the extent of its spread. In case the extent of infection is minor, we will treat it using medication and tooth-colored restorations. But, if the infection has progressed significantly, we will prepare you for root canal therapy. It is the treatment method of last resort used to save a severely infected tooth from being extracted.
Our dentist will administer local anesthesia before commencing, which helps to numb the oral tissues and keep you from experiencing pain. We will then use highly sophisticated dental instruments to make a small hole in the tooth and extract the infected pulp through it. We use thin dental files for this purpose. While doing so, we will also scrub the cavity walls and shape them as required. Once the pulp and bacteria are removed completely, we will place a small amount of medication in the cavity and seal it off using filling material.
We will then custom-fabricate a dental crown and place it on the treated tooth. This keeps the tooth from getting damaged by cracks, chipping, or stress fracture, as removing the pulp from it makes the tooth weaker and vulnerable to damage.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Spa Dentistry, San Jose, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (408) 270-7723 or reach out through online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.