Mangat Dental Center in San Jose
When is Root Canal Treatment necessary?
Root canals are the tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, working their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of the root. Teeth have between one to four root canals per tooth.
Root Canal Treatment becomes necessary when the pulp (or soft tissue inside your teeth) becomes diseased or inflamed. Many dental problems involve infections that spread to the pulp. If the infection worsens, it can affect the roots. Traumatic injury to a tooth can cause similar problems.
Causes of infected pulp include:
- Repeated dental procedures
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Traumatic injury to the tooth
- A deep cavity
- Poor oral hygiene
If infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. The affected tooth may even require removal.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
During Root Canal Treatment, diseased pulp is removed and the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned and sealed. First, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth into the inner chamber. The diseased tissue is then removed. The inner chamber is cleansed and disinfected. After the root canals are reshaped, the chamber is filled.
What are the benefits of Root Canal Treatment?
Root Canal Treatment is highly successful at halting the spread of infection and restoring a healthy portion of the tooth. If properly cared for, a restored tooth can last a lifetime. Mangat Dental Center in San Jose specializes in offering Root Canal Treatment with comfort, quality, and care! Dr. Mangat is well versed in laser dentistry, using the Waterlase MD, for efficient teeth cleaning and prep with little to no discomfort. Most patients complete their treatment within one to two visits.
How long does Root Canal Treatment take?
It depends on how much treatment is required, but root canal treatment generally takes a minimum of 1 hour and can be completed in one to three visits. After your treatment, Dr. Mangat will go over post-op instructions (proper care and medication to prevent infection and ensure proper healing) and proper oral hygiene practices to ensure your restored tooth can last a lifetime!