A root canal is a dental procedure aimed at treating and saving a tooth with a severely infected or damaged pulp, the innermost part of the tooth. During the process, the dentist removes the infected or inflamed pulp, cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth, and seals it to prevent further infection. This treatment alleviates pain, preserves the natural tooth, and restores its functionality, ultimately allowing the patient to retain a healthy smile. At Campbell Dental Care and Aesthetics, root canals are a common and effective solution for addressing tooth infections and preventing the need for tooth extraction.
When the pulp becomes infected due to deep dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth, or a traumatic injury, a root canal is necessary by our dentist in Campbell, CA, to remove the infected tissue and prevent the spread of the infection.
Persistent and severe tooth pain, especially when chewing or applying pressure, can indicate pulp infection or inflammation. A root canal is performed to alleviate this pain.
Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, even after the source of the temperature change is removed, can indicate pulp damage or infection, warranting a root canal.
Swelling in the gums, face, or jaw, along with the formation of a dental abscess, can be a sign of a dental infection that requires a root canal to be eliminated.
A tooth that has become discolored, typically turning gray or dark yellow, may indicate damage to the pulp and the need for root canal therapy.
Root canal treatment is primarily performed to address these issues, eliminate pain, save the natural tooth, and prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth and body. For more information, visit Campbell Dental Care and Aesthetics at 1570 LA Pradera Drive, Campbell, CA 95008, or call (408) 364-1122.