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Root Canal Therapy

Smile Plant

General Dentists located in Santa Clara, CA

There might be a time when root canal therapy is the best option to save your natural tooth structure and alleviate pain from an infected tooth. If you’re in need of a root canal, you can depend on the skills, compassion, and expertise of dentist Joseph Kim, DDS, and the dental professionals of Smile Plant in Santa Clara, California. A root canal can protect and improve the dental health of you and your family. To inquire about root canal therapy, call Smile Plant or click to schedule online.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is an in-office dental procedure where your dentist removes your infected tooth pulp before carefully replacing it with a special biocompatible material. Smile Plant offers root canal therapy to save your tooth structure and help you maintain optimal structure and appearance of your tooth.

Your tooth pulp is necessary while your tooth develops and grows. Tooth pulp has blood vessels and nerves. After your tooth matures completely, the pulp isn’t needed for its integrity. It’s always safer to remove infected tooth pulp.

Smile Plant has a highly qualified endodontist on staff to assist with root canal procedures.

Why would I need root canal therapy?

You might not experience symptoms, but during your regular professional dental cleanings and checkups at Smile Plant, Dr. Kim can determine if your tooth pulp is infected with an X-ray. 

Signs you might need a root canal include:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Pus drainage from the infected tooth
  • An abscess in the area of an infected tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to cold and hot
  • Soreness when you press on or chew with your infected tooth

If you have symptoms, it’s best to visit Smile Plant.

Is root canal therapy painful?

Your Smile Plant dentist usually performs root canal therapy under local anesthesia, so during the procedure, you or your child won’t feel much. For a few days following your root canal therapy, you might experience some soreness and sensitivity in the area. You can take over-the-counter pain medications to help relieve your discomfort.

If you have pain for more than a few days, you should contact Smile Plant. Once your mouth heals, the root canal therapy should effectively alleviate the pain from your infected tooth root.

What can I expect with root canal therapy?

With root canal therapy, your dentist numbs the area surrounding your infected tooth before making a small hole in it. Your dentist carefully removes any signs of infection before killing bacteria inside with a special dental solution.

To fill in the area where the infected pulp was, your dentist adds a rubbery dental material and seals the site to complete your root canal therapy.

At Smile Plant, root canals are often fitted with a beautiful crown to protect the vulnerable area. Full-coverage crowns are also available to completely cover your tooth. When needed, the caring dental team performs root canals for baby teeth. Smile Plant uses laser dentistry to provide you with the best possible dental care.

 Visit Smile Plant to learn more about root canal therapy. Click online or book over the phone today.