A tooth infection should never be taken lightly. Even if you’re not in extreme pain, this condition should be treated quickly before the bacteria spreads to healthy teeth. Depending on the severity of your condition, your Santa Clara, California dentist may recommend endodontic treatment, aka root canal therapy, to restore the health and function of your tooth. Whether it be in his office or teamed up with trusted root canal specialists close to his practice, Dr. Todd S. Adams can help provide you with painless endodontic treatment.
Tooth infections can cause the following symptoms:
If the infection has spread to the pulp of your tooth, damaging the nerves, roots, and tissues, a root canal may be your best option to save your tooth from extraction.
After evaluating your condition, Dr. Adams can determine if root canal therapy is the best course of action in treating your infected tooth. If so, he will refer you to a root canal specialist the team works with to start your treatment.
The procedure generally begins with the doctor numbing the area with local anesthesia and standard pain medication for root canal treatment. The anesthesia will keep you comfortable and pain-free throughout your procedure.
The dentist will then drill a hole in your infected tooth to access and remove the infected pulp and diseased tissue. They will then cleanse and disinfect the tooth chamber and seal it with a special material called gutta-percha to keep bacteria at bay. Finally, the treated tooth will be capped with a dental crown to fortify its structure and protect it from future infections.
A tooth that’s received endodontic treatment can be useful for years, enabling you to eat like normal, with few dietary restrictions. By saving your tooth from extraction, endodontic treatment can preserve your smile, sparing you the cost of getting a replacement tooth.
Dr Todd Adams is passionate on providing the highest quality of personalized care at his practice in Sunnyvale, CA. He takes pride in creating beautiful smiles, and keeping his patients of all ages happy with healthy teeth and gums.
A graduate from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Dr Adams then completed his Post-Baccalaureate studies at San Francisco State University. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University.