One-Visit Root Canals in Santa Clara
Gentle, Effective Root Canal Therapy in One Visit
Each of your teeth has one or more canals on the inside that contain a combination of nerves, blood vessels and soft tissue, known as “dental pulp.” When these tissues become infected, pain, swelling and abscesses can result and the infection can spread to other parts of your tooth or into your jaw. It can even lead to tooth loss.
To save your tooth, Dr. Khetani can perform what is called “root canal therapy,” a precise procedure during which she thoroughly removes all infected tissue and seals the canal to prevent any further infection. She is very skilled and experienced in root canal therapy, and uses high-technology tools to make the procedure efficient, comfortable and minimally invasive. For most patients, she is able to complete the procedure in one visit.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
During root canal therapy, the doctor accesses the infected canals through the top of the tooth. All the tissues inside the canals are then removed down to the bottom of the root, after which the empty canals are thoroughly disinfected. The canals are then filled with a sterile rubber-like material to seal them and prevent any future infection.
After the canals are completely sealed, a dental crown is placed on the tooth to restore full function. This is necessary because a tooth that has had all its nerves removed tends to dry out. This makes it very susceptible to cracking or breaking. A crown will provide the added strength the tooth needs to continue functioning normally for a long time, perhaps even for the rest of your life.
High-Tech, One-Visit Root Canals
Dr. Khetani uses cutting-edge tools to make root canal therapy thorough, highly efficient and minimally invasive. She uses a special rotary instrument to clean out the canal thoroughly, and a special vibrating instrument that loosens any remaining debris and guarantees that all tiny remnants of infection are washed out. She then uses a high-tech microinstrument to insert sealing material in such a way that it fills the entire canal and any small sub canals, leaving no area exposed to further contamination.
This allows her to complete root canal therapy in one visit for most patients. Once treatment is finished, she will place an immediate temporary crown to cover the affected tooth. A permanent crown will then be fabricated at our lab, and Dr. Khetani will place it during a second appointment.
Signs That You Might Need Root Canal Therapy
The following signs indicate that root canal therapy may be necessary. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described below, please contact our office immediately to schedule an examination.
- You feel tenderness at the bottom of your tooth root
- You feel prolonged pain after experiencing heat or cold
- You feel spontaneous pain from no apparent cause
- Your tooth hurts when you try to bite down
- You have swelling around your gumline
- You have a whitish bump on your gumline, which is a sign of an abscess
- Your tooth has developed some discoloration
To make an appointment, call 408‑560‑4060 or click here to request an appointment online.