Do you have a toothache? Have you been told that you need a root canal? Dr. Swathi practices conservative, comfortable dentistry, so she will only recommend a root canal when it is the best option.
Each tooth has internal channels that carry a nerve, or the pulp, to bring nutrients to the tooth. When the nerve is damaged, it can die. The tooth then dies, and it can pose a risk for infection. If left untreated, infection could spread to the gum and adjacent teeth causing discomfort and destroy the surrounding hard and soft tissues. In this case, a patient can choose extraction or root canal therapy.
As a conservative option, root canal therapy allows the patient to retain the natural tooth. Dr. Swathi may use rotary endodontics or a laser for comfortable, efficient root canal therapy. She will gently remove the damaged pulp from the tooth and replace it with inert material. Filling the tooth keeps infection from setting in while returning structure and strength. In most cases, the procedure involves crowning the affected tooth to protect it from further damage and restore comfort.
Often patients think if they give it a few days, the pain will simply go away. Rarely does dental pain stop by itself. Waiting to visit our San Jose restorative dental practice will mean more discomfort and possibly, more invasive procedures. The sooner your visit our office, the better our chances of correcting the problem conservatively.