Root Canal Treatment
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Root Canal Treatment in Los Angeles
A Root Canal Treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed, millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year– relieving pain and making teeth healthy again. Root canal Treatment or Endodontics is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged, infected, or dead tooth.
Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development.
Usually, Root Canal Treatment is recommended when there is an infection deep within the tooth. The pulp inside the tooth can become infected with bacteria because of an injury or because of a severe, untreated cavity. Root Canal Treatment involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. Without treatment, the infection can become severe enough that the tooth has to be removed.
Modern endodontic treatment is nothing like those old sayings! It’s very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending upon the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.
Why Get Root Canal Treatment?
Every tooth has an inner cavity that’s filled with dental pulp. This sensitive tissue is a mix of blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves. Damaged pulp can fill the canal with bacteria. Left unchecked, the bacteria can spread throughout the tooth and invade the surrounding gum tissue.
Painful abscesses can form in the gum tissue that supports an infected tooth. The infection can get so bad that the tooth requires extraction. A lost tooth can cause bone loss, destroy your smile and throw off a healthy bite.
How Do You Know If You Need a Root Canal?
The most common indication is extreme and lasting sensitivity to hot and cold. Don’t let fear keep you from the dentist! The longer you wait, the more infected the dental pulp will get. Here are some additional infected tooth symptoms:
- Painful chewing or biting
- Pimples on the gums
- Pus draining from the tooth or from the surrounding gums
- Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the tooth
- Facial swelling or a swollen jaw
- Discolored tooth or gums
How is it possible for a tooth to survive after a root canal?
A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it. The absence of a nerve is not vitally important to tooth’s health and function.
Is it better to pull a tooth or to have a Root Canal Treatment?
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is always the best option. Nothing artificial can replace the look or function of a natural tooth so it’s important to always consider root canal treatment as an option. Endodontic treatment has a high success rate and many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. Replacing an extracted tooth with a bridge or implant requires more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to neighboring teeth and supporting tissue. When a natural tooth is pulled but not replaced, the teeth around it may shift, making it more difficult to bite, chew, and to clean your teeth well, which can lead to gum disease.
Are there alternatives to a root canal?
There is no other type of dental procedure that’s directly comparable to having root canal therapy. One of the most popular alternatives to root canals is extraction of the offending tooth and the replacement with a bridge, implant or partial denture. The other option is to not do anything. This is usually not recommended because if you end up with a bad infection or severe toothache you will regret this choice.
What Does Root Canal Treatment Involve?
A root canal is the preferred treatment for infections deep inside a tooth. Infections can be caused by untreated cavities, genetics, a bad filling or a cracked tooth.
At Victory Plaza Dental Group, an endodontist will clean and disinfect the damaged area after removing the infected pulp. The cavity will then be filled and covered with a temporary seal. After a few days, a dentist will complete the root canal procedure by applying a permanent seal.
How Much Does It Hurt?
The root canal procedure is not painful. The pain that people experience is caused by the infection rather than the treatment. A root canal is no worse than having a cavity filled or getting your teeth cleaned.
To ensure your complete comfort, we use a variety of numbing and sedation agents. After the infected pulp is removed, your tooth will feel sensitive for a few days until the permanent cap is applied.
How Long Does It Take?
The average root canal takes from 30 to 60 minutes. In more serious cases, it can take up to 90 minutes. The process involves two appointments.
What Is a Dead Tooth?
When teeth are growing and developing, the inner pulp provides nourishment. After the teeth reach adulthood, they no longer need the pulp. Instead, they are nourished by the surrounding tissues.
If cavities are not filled promptly, they can eat into the pulp. There, they forge a pathway for bacteria to access the tooth and kill the nerves. A dead nerve can still cause severe pain. However, the pain is not from within the tooth. It’s caused by the super-sensitive nerve endings of the periodontal membrane. This membrane consists of fleshy tissue that holds teeth in place.
Inside the pulp, dead nerve fragments, pus and bacteria build up and push on the periodontal membrane. This can be extremely painful. Dead or dying nerves in the pulp will eventually kill a tooth. When blood flow to the tooth stops, the tooth is officially dead. Fortunately, a prompt root canal procedure can restore function to a dead tooth. Without the root canal, a dead tooth will eventually fall out, and no extraction will be necessary.
Are you ready to find a root canal dentist near me? If so, we have you covered. Call the friendly North Hollywood dental team at Victory Plaza Dental Group. Los Angeles residents can receive a consultation free of charge.