Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy in West San Jose, CA 

Many patients find it surprising that root canal therapy reduces pain and discomfort since the procedure has a reputation for being invasive.  It’s incorrectly assumed that the procedure, and not the symptoms of a toothache is the cause of the pain. This misconception has caused many to avoid seeking this beneficial treatment.

At Willow Glen Family Dentist, Dr. John Vu utilizes his vast training and experience to provide gentle and effective root canal therapy in San Jose. Call today to set up an appointment so we can help you restore your smile to optimal comfort and function.

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What Causes the Need for Root Canal Therapy?

Teeth can become badly damaged or infected when patients delay treatment for cracks or decay. In these circumstances, the tooth’s pulp becomes inflamed, requiring removal in order to alleviate symptoms and halt the infection. Patients often feel sensitivity and pain, but other signs of infection include discoloration, swelling, and tender gum tissue.

Additionally, repeated dental work on a particular tooth can leave it vulnerable to damaged pulp. If the damaged or infected pulp is not removed, complications can occur, and possibly lead to an abscess. 

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) 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 (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

Treating Your Symptoms in San Jose

Dr. Vu understands this endodontic procedure can cause worry in some patients, which is why he takes the time to thoroughly discuss the treatment process. This gives him the opportunity to answer your questions and concerns, ensuring you understand how root canal therapy benefits your oral health and function.

After properly numbing the treatment site, Dr. Vu applies a gentle touch when accessing the infected roots beneath the enamel. Next, he performs the pulpectomy part of the procedure by creating a small opening in the tooth’s surface. Then, using intricate hand instruments, Dr. Vu cleanses the inner chambers, effectively removing all traces of infection. To complete the process, we fill the root’s openings and seal it with a temporary filling. 

Proper after-procedure instructions are provided so patients can receive prolonged benefit from this endodontic treatment. We offer porcelain crowns to complete the restoration, nearly matching the strength, stability, and aesthetics of natural teeth.

Contact Us in San Jose for Your Appointment Today!

When patients are faced with a significant dental procedure, Dr. Vu and our dedicated staff make every effort to create a calming and positive environment for your care. For our patients experiencing discomfort brought on by decay, we provide quality root canal therapy in San Jose or the nearby communities of Willow Glen and West San Jose. Schedule your appointment with us today!

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