Root Canal Therapy Specialist

Murphy Dental Group

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious over the procedure in anticipation. A root canal doesn’t have to be a stressful, uncomfortable experience when you visit the skilled dental team at Murphy Dental Group. The accomplished dental group at Murphy Dental Group does root canals on a daily basis in San Jose, California. Call or book an appointment online if you’re worried about a root canal treatment.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

Murphy Dental Group

Do I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, one of the accomplished dentists at Murphy Dental Group takes out the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. This allows them to protect your tooth and take away your pain.

What can cause a tooth infection?

Roots and tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury to the tooth or from a cavity that is left untreated. If you don’t get to a dentist in time, the infected tissue can reach the pulp or root of your tooth. If the infection develops any further this can lead to many other issues, so make sure you seek help.

What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

If you don't seek treatment for the infected tooth rather immediately, you might experience a significant amount of discomfort. The usual symptoms of an infected tooth are:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Smelly, bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful throbbing in your mouth or jaw
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

What's involved in a root canal?

One of the highly trained dentists at Murphy Dental Group can usually fix your tooth within one or two visits. You may first need X-rays so the dentist can judge the magnitude of damage to the tooth needing a root canal.

One of the dentists at Murphy Dental Group will use a needle to numb the region and make sure you don't feel anything during the procedure. Sometimes they put a dental dam, or a little piece of rubber, on your tooth to preserve its cleanliness and protect it from bacteria during the procedure. Once your tooth is anesthetized, the dentist creates a tiny opening in your tooth to find and treat the area of infection in the root.

After this, Dr. Khehra takes away the damaged and unhealthy pulp using small files, and sprays the area with water to remove debris. Once all the infected material is removed, Dr. Khehra either seals the tooth or puts in a temporary filling to protect your tooth until you come back for a permanent crown.

If you show any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, be sure to call Murphy Dental Group or schedule a consultation online.