At Plaza Dental Group, our highly skilled and experienced dentists, Dr. Maryam Jahani, Dr. Preethi Bangalore, and Dr. Ivan Lee, provide comprehensive root canal treatment for patients in San Jose. With their extensive education and expertise, they are dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy and stunning smile for life.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that aims to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. When the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures, or a crack or chip in the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to prevent further damage and alleviate pain.

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

Some common signs that indicate you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe tooth pain, especially when chewing or applying pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums near the affected tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, it's essential to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jahani at Plaza Dental Group as soon as possible.

The Root Canal Procedure

A root canal typically involves the following steps:

  • Anesthesia: Dr. Maryam Jahani, Dr. Preethi Bangalore, and Dr. Ivan Lee will numb the area around the affected tooth to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
  • Access: A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals.
  • Cleaning: The infected or damaged pulp is removed, and the root canals are thoroughly cleaned and shaped.
  • Filling: The cleaned root canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to seal and protect them from further infection.
  • Restoration: A temporary filling is placed to seal the opening in the tooth, and a permanent crown or other restoration is usually required to protect the treated tooth and restore its function.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment offers several benefits, including:

  • Relieving pain and discomfort caused by the infected or inflamed pulp
  • Saving the natural tooth, avoiding the need for extraction
  • Preventing the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and tissues
  • Restoring the function and appearance of the treated tooth

Aftercare and Recovery

Following a root canal, it's essential to follow our doctors' instructions for aftercare and recovery. This may include:

  • Taking prescribed pain medications or over-the-counter pain relievers as directed
  • Avoiding chewing on the treated tooth until a permanent restoration is placed
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing regularly
  • Attending follow-up appointments as scheduled to monitor the healing process and ensure the success of the treatment

At Plaza Dental Group, we understand that undergoing a root canal can be a daunting experience. That's why Dr. Maryam Jahani, Dr. Preethi Bangalore, Dr. Ivan Lee, and our entire team are committed to providing you with the highest quality dental care in a comfortable and supportive environment. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure the best possible outcome for your root canal treatment. If you're experiencing tooth pain or other symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal, don't hesitate to contact Plaza Dental Group in San Jose, CA. Our team are here to help you maintain a healthy, pain-free smile for life.