Root canal therapy is a legendary procedure that once struck fear into the hearts and
mouths of its recipients. Much of this reputation has always been unwarranted. Especially by today’s dental standards, a root canal is routine. The procedure itself does not cause pain,so much as it provides relief from pain.
Root canals are named for the part of the tooth they’re meant to repair. Each tooth can
have multiple root canals, or smaller root systems branching off the main root. The root
canal itself is filled with a pulp that can become infected. If left untended, pus can form
below the root, causing extreme pain and risking abscess. This tooth must either be
extracted, or left in the mouth after a pulpectomy. This is the part of the root canal
procedure that removes all infected pulp and replaces it with a secondary material called gutta-percha.
Our endodontist is highly skilled, and can counsel you both on ways to prepare for the
procedure, and aftercare tips. All that should happen is a little bleeding, which you can
control with gauze. In the event of extended discomfort, you should alert your dentist right away—it’s abnormal.
Contact our root canal dentist in Los Angeles today.
There are several forms of dentistry, practiced by experts who studied these specific avenues of the profession. For example, cosmetic dentists are concerned with the appearance of teeth, while periodontists diagnose and treat gum disease. Endodontists are experts in the inside of the teeth, where the pulp and nerves are found. This can be easily realized by the fact that ‘endo’ means inside, and ‘odont’ refers to teeth.
Our teeth are comprised of a soft inner tissue called pulp, which can be found alongside the nerves and blood vessels in the tooth’s canals. Sometimes the pulp becomes infected or inflamed. This is usually due to a lack of sufficient dental hygiene leading to plaque, which can make its way to the center of the tooth, though may also be caused by a crack or a fracture. An endodontist can diagnose the exact cause, and perform the treatment necessary to correct the issue and restore the tooth.
The solution to an infected, inflamed, or injured tooth is usually a root canal treatment. During your first visit to our San Francisco endodontist for a root canal therapy, the infected pulp will be removed and replaced with a temporary filling, or left to drain for a few days. During your second appointment, you will get your permanent filling, and can then return shortly after for a crown.
Some of the symptoms of a tooth that needs a root canal include severe toothache, increased sensitivity to extreme temperatures, pain when chewing, swelling in the gums, and pain in the ear or neck. Once you have received a full diagnosis from our expert in endodontics in Los Angeles, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan you are comfortable with. The plan will include a root canal and receiving a dental crown since a tooth that has undergone a root canal will be weakened and needs to be restored.
Due to advances in dental technology, some patients will be able to get a root canal and crown on the same day. In the past, patients would have to wait a while in between treatments because the crown would need to be designed in a lab to fit the smile. But now, your crown can be made in our office, so you can spend less time in the dentist’s chair and more time doing the things you enjoy!
Our expert in endodontic treatments in Los Angeles will need to take X-rays and images of your mouth to design your custom crown. In just one visit, you can enjoy better oral health and a better smile.
What is a root canal? You have probably heard people talk about how painful getting a root canal can be, but the truth is far from the myth. Our Los Angeles endodontist applies a local anesthetic before proceeding with the treatment, so you will not feel a thing. Many patients have described getting a root canal to be no more painful than getting a dental filling. In fact, getting a root canal can prevent further pain from occurring.
A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected and needs to be removed. If it is not removed, the infection can spread to gum tissue or the jaw bone, leading to numerous other health problems. A root canal can prevent the infection from spreading, sparing you from experiencing further complications. Once the procedure is complete, your dentist will give you instructions on how to take care of your tooth for a speedy recovery.
If you experience any further pain following the procedure such as ear pain or tooth pain, you should see your dentist to make sure the root canal did not cause it. Other than that, you should take it easy for the first couple of days and follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions carefully.