Endodontic therapy is used to save a tooth in which the pulp has become infected or inflamed. Many people refer to endodontic therapy as root canal therapy. It is the same procedure, and it offers an alternative to needing to have the tooth extracted.
When a tooth undergoes endodontic therapy, the pulp inside the tooth is removed. Once a tooth has fully matured, it is actually able to survive without the pulp.
The first step in endodontic therapy is our Los Angeles endodontics expert taking an X-ray of the affected tooth to determine the extent of the problem affecting the pulp. You will receive a local anesthetic before the treatment begins, and the dentist will cover the affected tooth with a dental dam in order to keep it clean and dry. An access hole is then drilled into the top of the tooth. Using small tools, the pulp tissue is removed. The root canals will then be flushed and cleaned out. The dentist will then fill the tooth with a rubbery substance called gutta percha, and place a filling on the tooth to cover it. Either the same day or at the next appointment, the tooth will be fully restored with a crown. At this point, your tooth should survive for many years to come.
If you think you may be in need of endodontic therapy in order to save your tooth, contact our expert in endodontic therapy in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.