Dr. Chitra Shanmugham, DDS
A Great Dentist

Root Canal Therapy

If you have ever had an infected tooth, you likely have vivid memories of the discomfort it can cause. Root canal therapy is a procedure that relieves these symptoms, helps with healing, and can save your tooth!

When you call our office in pain, we will diagnose your condition as quickly as possible so that you can begin healing and feel like yourself again.

When Root Canals Become Necessary

If you have tooth pain, it could be caused by a number of different conditions that cause pain and give you trouble. The symptoms of an infection in your tooth requiring a root canal can include any of the following:

  • Swelling/inflammation
  • Pain with chewing or pressure
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Discoloration of your tooth
  • Facial pain or swelling
  • Small lesion on your gum tissue

It is important to note, however, that some infections can be asymptomatic except during a flare-up. Dental infections rarely resolve on their own and failure to treat them may result in tooth loss.

We will diagnose your condition using digital dental x-rays and vitality tests. Once we determine that an infection is the cause of your symptoms, Dr. Shanmugham will begin with treatment to restore your health.

Your Root Canal Therapy Procedure

Many people fear that root canal treatment will hurt. Root canals actually remove the source of your infection and relieve your pain. We will always make sure your tooth is numb for your root canal before we begin so that you are comfortable.

Dr. Shanmugham will gently remove any signs of infection from inside your tooth’s root canal and sterilize the area. Next, he will fill the canal and seal your tooth with a temporary restoration to keep out bacteria.

Once your root canal is complete, your body’s natural healing process will finish the job. We will allow a couple of weeks for the infection to clear completely before placing a permanent restoration – either a crown or a filling depending on the tooth.

Why It Is Important to Save Your Tooth

You might feel like these heroic efforts to save your tooth seem excessive. In most cases, however, saving your natural teeth is the best way to protect your health and your remaining teeth. Tooth loss can cause your remaining teeth to shift, affecting your bite. Additionally, with tooth loss, comes bone loss. Since your tooth’s root is no longer present in your jawbone to stimulate growth and regeneration, your jawbone may deteriorate, putting other teeth at risk.

Are You Experiencing Tooth Pain?

Contact our Campbell, CA dental office today and one of our Brite Dental team members will schedule an appointment for an emergency dental exam. Dental pain of any kind is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong.

We can help make it right and restore your comfort!


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