Given the perhaps unwarranted reputation of root canals being exceptionally painful, it is natural for patients to wish to avoid them whenever possible. However, root canals are an exceptionally important tool that endodontists use when treating painful and decayed teeth.
Root canal therapy is done when a tooth has developed extensive decay or inflammation in the inner core of the tooth. If the infection is left untreated, it can spread even deeper, going into the supporting structure of the tooth. This is called an abscess. A bad enough abscess may necessitate the removal of the tooth. The process is therefore done to clean out the infection, and then prevent the tooth from feeling such pain in the future. Our expert in root canal therapy in Los Angeles will tell you that they are exceptionally effective treatments, successfully handling infections 95 percent of the time.
The primary advantage that root canals have over newer options like dental implants is that a root canal will save the original tooth. While the value of saving the natural tooth is actually a matter of how a patient personally feels about it, there is significant benefits in doing so. Keeping a tooth anchored in a jaw prevents the jaw from reabsorbing that bone, which can cause facial deformities. Dental implants also address this issue, but given that root canal therapy is actually easier and cheaper, it becomes the more conservative approach.
Our Los Angeles endodontist would be happy to provide you with more information on the process if you have any questions.