Root Canal Therapy in Sunnyvale

Root Canal TherapyComfortable and thorough Root Canals

We use various high-tech equipment to make the root canal procedure quick, comfortable and thorough. This includes a rotary file to prepare the canals and an ultrasonic scaler to gently clean them out.

We also use our Cone Beam CT scanner that produces 3D X-rays for a full 360º view of the tooth, bone and gum. In this way we can make a correct assessment of what needs to be done to save the tooth, and know if there is another treatment that would be workable.

To make an appointment, call 408‑245‑5812 or click here to request an appointment online.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root Canal

A root canal is a pulp-filled cavity in the root of a tooth. A tooth root can have one or more canals in it.

Root canal therapy is performed to save a tooth that has become infected. The infected pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected and it is filled with a rubber-like material. We often place a crown on the tooth to protect it if it has become weakened as a result of the infection.

Although the root itself is now dead, the tooth can continue to function as it is nourished by the tissues surrounding it. Doing a root canal to save a tooth has the advantage of maintaining efficient chewing and normal biting forces and maintains the adjacent teeth in position.

Signs you need a Root Canal

Root Canal TherapyA root canal is needed when the pulp is infected, which usually results in pain and possibly an abscess. Sometimes you won’t notice any pain but persistent pain is a definite symptom.

Another definite sign is if you have swelling around the gum line, an abscess near the tooth or a pimple. The tooth can also become discolored.

Pain that is sporadic is also an indicator, such as when there is:

  • Tenderness at the bottom of the root
  • Pain in response to heat and cold that lasts several minutes
  • A tooth that hurts to bite on
  • Spontaneous pain from no apparent trigger

To make an appointment, call 408‑245‑5812 or click here to request an appointment online.