Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is the procedure used when teeth are at risk of needing extraction due to infections of the pulp inside them. Not only can a root canal stop the pain that results from an infection reaching the nerve, but it can also save the tooth and prevent infection from striking again. Here is more about when root canal treatment is performed by our expert in root canal treatment in Los Angeles.
Root canals serve several important functions for treating pulp infections. First, it removes all of the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth. Second, it seals medicated filler in place of the infection so that infection cannot develop there again. Finally, it often eliminates the need to extract the tooth, preventing a host of problems that can occur after tooth loss, including tooth shifting, cavities and periodontal disease.
Root Canal Treatment Los Angeles
Despite myths about root canal treatment being painful, the procedure is rarely any less comfortable than a routine filling. This is because our Los Angeles root canal treatment expert uses anesthesia to prevent pain from occurring. The procedure itself involves creating a hole in the infected tooth with a drill, removing the infected pulp and replacing it with a medicated packing material to prevent reocurrence of the infection. Finally, our endodontist seals the tooth and often covers it with a filling or crown for further protection.
In rare cases, infections return to treated teeth, necessitating retreatment by our expert in root canal treatment in Los Angeles. Re-infection can result from problems such as new tooth decay, saliva entering the tooth or damage to a filling or crown. Retreatment essentially repeats the root canal process. After removal and replacement of the packing material, the crown is put back on the tooth.
With treatment by our Los Angeles root canal treatment expert, patients can keep their natural teeth and enjoy their appearance and functionality. In many cases, this option is superior to replacement with an alternative tooth that may look, feel and perform differently. Treated teeth that are taken care of properly can last a lifetime.