Endodontics

Scott Prawat, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Los Gatos, CA

When teeth get infected they require special care and often benefit from a root canal. Scott E. Prawat, DDS, provides the expert endodontic care you need at his private practice in Los Gatos, California. If you have tooth pain that suggests a deep infection, call his office, or schedule an appointment using the online tool to learn more about endodontics offerings.

Endodontics Q&A

What is endodontics?

You’re most familiar with the outer layer of your teeth called the enamel. This hard, white surface is what gives your teeth strength and requires proper hygiene such as brushing and flossing.

The insides of your teeth require care, too. Deep beneath the enamel exists a series of tiny canals that contain blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. When this part of your tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected, you experience pain and are at risk of tooth loss. Endodontics focuses on caring for this sensitive internal part of your teeth.

When should I seek endodontic care?

When healthy, your teeth should not cause painful symptoms. But, if the pulp becomes infected, you may experience a painful toothache.

Other signs that you may have a deep tooth infection and would benefit from an endodontic evaluation include:

  • Pain while chewing

  • Abscess or pimple on the gum

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold beverages or foods
  • Swelling around your teeth and the surrounding soft tissues
  • Serious discoloration of teeth beyond normal yellowing

If you have a damaged tooth that’s infected or showing vulnerability to infection, Dr. Prawat may recommend a root canal, too.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is not a procedure to fear, it’s actually a routine procedure that preserves your natural tooth. During a root canal, Dr. Prawat creates a tiny hole in the tooth, cleans out the infection, fills it with a biocompatible compound, and seals the hole.

Root canal therapy is often paired with a crown to protect the restored tooth to achieve a functional solution.  

Why should I undergo a root canal?

A root canal saves your natural tooth. When paired with a crown, the natural look and function of your aching tooth are fully restored.

If you’re concerned about pain or discomfort associated with a root canal, rest assured that Dr. Prawat will do all he can, using appropriate pain relief, to make the experience as pleasant as possible. Once a root canal has healed, it actually makes your pain go away. 

If you have tooth pain that suggests an infection, seek the expert endodontic care from Scott E. Prawat, DDS. Call the office for an appointment or schedule online.