Do I Need a Root Canal

When a tooth becomes severely diseased, the only thing that could prevent its extraction is a root canal procedure. A root canal therapy effectively removes the infection and restores the tooth to complete health. When you visit Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, for a root canal, we will do everything we can to help our patients feel comfortable during their entire procedure. And despite the prevalent misconceptions, root canal therapy does not hurt.

When Is a Root Canal Needed?

There are different reasons why a root canal might be needed. One of the primary reasons is when a cavity had been left untreated and caused an infection to the tooth's center, known as the pulp. 

The pulp can also get infected due to a cracked or chipped tooth. The pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves, and other connective tissue and helps keep the tooth alive besides being connected with the rest of the body. When the pulp gets infected, the infection could spread throughout your body and cause the tooth to die and possibly fall out. To prevent these conditions, a root canal becomes necessary.

What Are the Signs That Show You Require a Root Canal?

  • Constant toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures
  • Pain while eating or touching the affected tooth
  • Inflamed gums
  • Discoloration of tooth
  • Loosened teeth
  • A chipped or fractured tooth
  • Abscess or pimple on the gum line or tooth root

What Is the Procedure of a Root Canal?

To start the procedure, Dr. Emam will first numb the affected area with a local anesthetic. A tiny opening is then made in your tooth to gain access to the infected pulp chamber. Then, a special tool is used to meticulously clean the pulp chamber and root canals, followed by a reshaping of the gap. We will then fill the root canals with a biocompatible material and adhesive cement to seal off the root canals. The opening is covered with a temporary filling, which you can later replace with a dental restoration such as a crown. The crown will restore the strength, structure, and appearance of your tooth and help it stay healthy for many years to come.

How Can You Prevent Root Canal Infections?

If you don't want to undergo a root canal, you can take a few steps to prevent its need.

  • Floss at least once a day
  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse
  • Undertake dental cleanings and exams every six months
  • Limit sugary, starchy foods

Save your natural teeth with root canal therapy. If you have an infected tooth, Dr. Emam can save your tooth from extraction and relieve your pain with root canal therapy. Call Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, at (650) 321-0340 to schedule an appointment.



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