Root Canal Therapy in Cupertino, CA
We want to help smiles stay healthy with endodontic care from Cupertino Dental and Facial Esthetics!
We Can Relieve Your Pain
At Cupertino Dental and Facial Esthetics, we’ll do everything we can to help prevent root canal therapy with regular general dentistry checkups and cleanings. However, if you have an infected, decayed, or abscessed tooth, you may find yourself in need of a root canal.
You can rely on our highly trained and experienced Cupertino dentists to alleviate your pain and preserve your natural tooth. Keeping your smile whole and healthy is what we’re all about, which is why we offer this vital dental service.
What Is A Root Canal?
When bacteria attack, they eat through the layers of your teeth. Enamel, the hard outer layer, is affected first, followed by the softer dentin layer, then finally to the inner part of your tooth, called the root canal. The root canal is the layer that contains the pulp.
If tooth decay reaches the pulp, or the deepest layer of the tooth, root canal treatment may be necessary to save the tooth. During root canal therapy, we’ll clean out the infected tooth, seal the tooth, and place a dental crown for extra protection.
Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy
Symptoms of an infected root canal are similar to those of a cavity. However, the pain is likely to be more severe and may include the following symptoms:
- Severe tooth pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Tender or swollen gums
- Difficulty chewing
- Tooth discoloration
- Tenderness of the lymph nodes
For some, noticeable symptoms of an infected root canal may never develop. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular checkups and contact us immediately if you’re experiencing any chronic tooth pain. We’ll determine the best course of action to help alleviate the pain.
The Root Canal Treatment Process
Before the procedure starts, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding tissue to ensure you feel no discomfort. Once your tooth is numb, one of our expert Cupertino dentists will create a small entry point in the crown of the infected tooth.
We’ll remove the pulp, disinfect the inside of the tooth, and use a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to seal the root canal. A composite resin filling is later placed over the access hole. Then, our Cupertino team will place a natural-looking dental crown over the tooth. This will help ensure additional strength and protection.
The entire procedure typically involves little to no pain and will keep your infected tooth from becoming an even bigger problem. Root canal therapy tends to be less expensive than having the tooth extracted and replaced, which allows us to preserve the natural tooth.