FAQ About Root Canal Therapy

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What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is the removal of a tooth’s pulp. The space is then cleaned and sealed. In many cases, root canal therapy can save a tooth from extraction.

What should I expect during treatment?
First, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. Then Dr. Navdeep Aulakh will make an access hole in the tooth so that the infected pulp can be removed. The pulp and any debris will be carefully removed through this hole. The inside of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Then the area will be filled with gutta percha and the access hole will then be closed with a dental filling. In many cases, a crown will be placed to protect and support the tooth.

What happens after treatment?
After having a root canal, you may need to come back to AZ Dental for a follow-up appointment in which the tooth is X-rayed to ensure that all of the infection was successfully removed. A tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy can usually stay healthy for the rest of your life. However, the health of the tooth will depend on how well you care for it. Be sure to practice efficient dental hygiene at home and to make and keep regular dental appointments.

To learn more and to book an appointment with our dentist in San Jose, California, contact our office at 408-295-1100 today.