Endodontic Specialists Los Angeles
Treatments from our Los Angeles endodontic specialists stop pain from tooth pulp infections and help patients avoid needing tooth extraction and replacement. Depending on infection severity and individual differences, patients may receive recommendations for root canal treatment or surgery. Whereas root canal treatment eliminates the infection through the crown of the tooth, surgery tackles it from beneath. Here is more about how these treatment types work.
Root canal can require one or multiple visits to our endodontic specialists in Los Angeles based on factors determined during a consultation. In the beginning of treatment, our dentist numbs the infected area. Next, our dentist drills a hole into the tooth in order to reach the infected pulp, which is then extracted through this hole. Our dentist places a medicated packing material in the resulting space before sealing it in with a barrier and a filling. Finally, the entire tooth is capped with a crown for structural support and protection against saliva and other potential sources of infection.
Los Angeles Endodontic Specialists
Root canal surgery may be performed when root canal treatment is unsuccessful or complicated by infection severity or location. In the most common type, called apicoectomy or root-end resection, our Los Angeles endodontic specialists make an incision in the gums to remove infected tissue and calcium deposits that have remained after previous treatment. Root tip removal and filling placement may also be necessary. Other root canal surgery types involve splitting teeth, removing the roots completely and removing infected teeth for treatment before returning them to their sockets.
Our endodontic specialists in Los Angeles consult with patients to determine whether they may need root canal treatment or surgery. With either treatment, patients emerge free from pain and able to continue enjoying the looks and stability of their own teeth rather than replacements.
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