Endodontist Los Angeles
Our endodontist performs root canal treatment on teeth threatened by pulp infections. During a root canal, our Los Angeles endodontist scrapes out the infection and takes steps to prevent future problems. As a result, treated teeth often avoid extraction. Patients who visit our endodontist for root canal therapy enjoy greater protection from a variety of potential complications.
The services of our endodontist in Los Angeles become necessary when tooth decay, structural damage or physical trauma compromise teeth and result in infections of the pulp inside them. By eliminating the problem early, our endodontist prevents extraction, or tooth loss, and the problems that often follow, such as cavities, gum disease and shifting of teeth. Severe nerve pain and problems such as abscess are also frequently averted with timely endodontic care.
Los Angeles Endodontist
Before removing the infection from inside the target teeth, our endodontist anesthetizes the patient. Depending on patient health and preferences, this may include both general and local anesthesia, or only local anesthesia. Using a drill, our endodontist creates a hole in the tooth from which the infected pulp can be removed. Next, our endodontist seals medicated packing material inside the space. To preserve the structural integrity of the tooth and guard against future infections, a filling or crown is normally added.
After toot canal therapy, treated teeth are normally safe from future infections. However, infections sometimes reoccur for a variety of reasons, including new tooth decay, damaged crowns or infiltration by saliva. When this happens, retreatment may be recommended by our endodontist in Los Angeles. This procedure involves taking off the crown, replacing the medicated filler and putting the crown back in place.
Our Los Angeles endodontist says that after undergoing root canal therapy, patients can keep the diet to which they are accustomed. In many cases, future restorative procedures become unnecessary once the infection has been eliminated. With daily brushing and flossing and biannual check-ups from our dentist, patients can help their treated teeth last for life.