Root Canal Therapy is needed if you have an infection that affects the nerve in the root of a tooth.
In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), and the nerves, East Bay Area Root Canal Dentist, Dr. John M. Gowey will remove bacteria and any decay. The resulting space is then filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a Root Canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root Canal treatment is highly successful and can save your tooth. Without treatment, the tooth may become so damaged that it must be removed.
Signs and symptoms for possible Root Canal Therapy:
- An abscess on the gums.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Severe toothache pain.
- Sometimes no symptoms are present.
- Swelling and/or tenderness.
Reasons for Root Canal Therapy:
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp.
- Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
- Injury or trauma to the tooth.
What does Root Canal Therapy involve?
A Root Canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by Pleasanton CA East Bay Area Root Canal Expert Dr. John M. Gowey, or an endodontist (a root canal specialist).
Pleasanton CA East Bay Area Root Canal Expert Dr. John M. Gowey will apply local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. Then, a rubber dam is placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. The inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials.
Pleasanton CA Root Canal Dentist, Dr. John M. Gowey, will place a filling to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have Root Canal treatment should have a crown placed. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.
Pleasanton CA Bay Area Dentist, Dr. John M. Gowey, will provide you with care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your Root Canal treatment.
Dr. Gowey provides all General Dentistry Services and Cosmetic Dental Care to families in the East Bay areas of: Pleasanton, Danville, Castro Valley, Livermore, San Ramon, Sunol, Dublin, and Fremont.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a FREE Dental Consultation please complete the form on the right or contact the office of Pleasanton CA East Bay Area Root Canal Dentist, Dr. John M. Gowey at 925-271-9291 today!