Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures performed today – more than 14 million patients undergo endodontic treatment each year. The treatment can save infected natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges. At the center of each of our teeth is a long, thin strand of pulp which extends, by way of the root canal, to the tooth’s root. This pulp is a collection of blood vessels, nutrients, and nerves. If the pulp becomes infected or is severely damaged, the tooth’s nerves will die as well. Infection can be caused by trauma, deep decay, chips and cracks, or repeated dental procedures. The symptoms of an infection include visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums.
Endodontic treatment is usually a simple procedure with little or no discomfort. The procedure is conducted under anesthesia and has a 90 percent success rate.
If the infection reaches the nerves, endodontic treatment is required to remove the infected pulp before the tooth itself requires removal. Dr. J. Brent Gorrell will create an opening in the tooth’s pulp chamber and remove the diseased pulp. The opening will then be sealed with a dental crown. The procedure is conducted under anesthesia and has a 90 percent success rate. Endodontic treatment is usually a simple procedure with little or no discomfort. If you exhibit tooth infection symptoms, contact our Mountain View office – serving Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and the northwest Santa Clara County – while the tooth is still salvageable.
What Is an Apicoectomy?
An apicoectomy, also called a root-end resection, refers to the removal of the root tip and any surrounding infected tissue of an abscessed tooth. An apicoectomy may be necessary when inflammation and infection persist in the area around the root tip after root canal therapy. Once the infected tissue is removed, a root-end filling is placed to prevent re-infection.