Root Canal Specialist

Chao Dental Studio

Patricia Chao, DDS

Dentist located in Santa Clara, CA

It’s never a good idea to ignore tooth pain or sensitivity, as they may be signs of an infection. At Chao Dental Studio in Santa Clara, California, Dr. Chao removes decay and restores damaged areas to save your tooth and restore your smile. Without a root canal, you risk bone loss and ongoing decay that may lead to permanent tooth loss and more invasive procedures. With local anesthetic, root canals are virtually painless. Call or click to schedule your dental checkup and be free from your tooth pain for good.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

Your teeth have a soft inner core called dental pulp that extends from the visible part of the tooth all the way down to the root which sits in the jawbone. Dental pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves.

Bacteria enters this pulp through a cavity or crack. Without treatment, this bacteria can lead to an infection or pocket of pus called an abscess. Eventually, the infected pulp dies, causing bone loss and even the loss of the tooth itself.

Root canal treatment is used to clean out and restore infected areas within the tooth. The alternative to a root canal is an extraction and replacement with a dental bridge, implant, or partial denture.

What are signs I need a root canal?

Dr. Chao uses a thorough dental exam and X-rays to determine if you need a root canal. Some signs you may have severe decay requiring a root canal include:

  • A hole in your tooth
  • Swelling around your face or neck
  • Swelling of your gums
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Tooth pain

What does root canal treatment involve? Is it painful?

Once Dr. Chao has determined the location and extent of your tooth damage, she gently administers a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort.

She then applies a dental dam to isolate the damaged tooth. Next, using small dental tools, she makes a small opening in the crown of your tooth to access the pulp. She removes all areas of infection and flushes and cleans the pulp chamber and root canals. She dries the canals before filling them in permanently.

If the infection has spread beyond your tooth, Dr. Chao may prescribe antibiotics. If your root canal requires more than one visit, she fits you with a temporary crown to protect the tooth.

An infection that’s left untreated can lead to bone damage and tooth loss. A root canal is a quick and painless procedure that can save a severely damaged tooth and give you much-needed relief from pain and swelling.

Don’t put off good oral health another day. Call or click to schedule your dental exam with Dr. Chao today.