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What is a Root Canal?

What is a Root Canal?Many people have heard that root canal is a painful treatment that should always be avoided if possible. In actuality, root canal is usually no more uncomfortable than a standard filling. Still, many patients may wonder, "What is a root canal?" Here is a deeper look at this treatment, its advantages and how it is performed by our dentist.


Advantages of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal is used to save teeth that have been damaged by decay or physical trauma and are at risk of loss or extraction. What is a root canal used for precisely? By removing the damaged parts of the tooth and protecting it from further damage, our dentist stops pain, saves patients from the many complications of tooth loss and helps patients avoid needing potentially costly tooth replacements.


How Root Canal Is Performed

Our dentist starts root canal treatment by X-raying the damaged tooth to determine where the infection is. With the X-ray image for reference, our dentist drills a hole in the tooth through which the infection can be scraped out. Next, our dentist fills the resulting space with medicated material before sealing it and covering it with a filling. Finally, our dentist caps the tooth with a crown.

So, what is a root canal? It is a treatment that serves both aesthetic and functional purposes by allowing patients to keep teeth that would otherwise require removal. Patients who have more questions about root canal and its advantages can schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles endodontist.

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