When Is a Root Canal Necessary?

When Is a Root Canal Necessary?

Posted by Howard Defaii Dec 20, 2022

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A root canal is performed to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. Inside each tooth is a soft tissue called the dental pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. A root canal is recommended when the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to deep decay, cracks, or trauma. During the procedure at San Jose Smile Center Dr Howard Defaii, the dentist, removes the infected pulp, thoroughly cleans the root canals, and fills them with a biocompatible material. The tooth is then sealed with a filling or crown to restore functionality and protect it from further damage. 

Signs Indicating the Need for a Root Canal 

  • Severe, throbbing pain that persists or worsens over time may indicate an infected dental pulp. 
  • Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, lingering even after the stimulus is removed, can be a sign of pulp inflammation. 
  • Infection in the dental pulp can lead to swelling and tenderness in the surrounding gum tissue. 
  • A tooth that has darkened in color may be an indication of pulp damage. 
  • A recurring pimple or abscess on the gum near the affected tooth may indicate the need for a root canal to address the infection. 

The Benefits of a Root Canal 

Saves Natural Teeth

The primary advantage of a root canal is that it allows the preservation of a natural tooth that would otherwise require extraction. Removing the infected or inflamed pulp and cleaning the root canals can save and restore the tooth, maintaining its function and appearance. 

Alleviates Pain and Discomfort 

Root canals are performed to address the source of severe tooth pain caused by dental pulp inflammation or infection. Removing the infected pulp and nerve tissue relieves pain and discomfort, providing immediate relief to the patient. 

Prevents Infection Spread 

An infected tooth can lead to the spread of bacteria and infection to neighboring teeth and tissues. A root canal eliminates the source of infection, preventing it from spreading and potentially causing more significant oral health issues. 

Restores Chewing Function 

After a successful root canal, the tooth is filled and often covered with a dental crown to restore strength and function. This allows the patient to bite and chew normally, improving their eating ability. 

Improves Overall Oral Health 

By treating the infected tooth and preserving its integrity, a root canal contributes to better overall oral health. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for a confident smile and overall well-being. 

A root canal is a beneficial dental procedure that saves natural teeth and relieves pain, prevents infection spread, restores function, and improves the patient's oral health and aesthetics. If you experience severe tooth pain or suspect an infected tooth, contact San Jose Smile Center Dr Howard Defaii at 827 Blossom Hill Rd suite e-3, San Jose, CA 95123, or call (408) 227-5012 to determine if a root canal is an appropriate treatment to address your dental condition.

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