Root Canal Treatment
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Root Canal Treatment
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.
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.
How do I know if I need a Root Canal?
The final determination about a tooth’s need for root canal must be based on your dentist collecting information from all available sources, and then viewing those findings in light of each other. Only with that complete picture can an accurate diagnosis be made.
Our goal in Victory Plaza Dental Group is to provide our patients with outstanding dental care, from simple fillings through complex root canal. Being comfortable in the dentist chair is very important to us, as we realizes that relaxed patients will not postpone vital dental care.
If you have symptoms such as pain, swelling or sensitivity to hot and cold foods, book an appointment today. We will perform a thorough examination and if you do need a root canal, you can rest assured you will receive among the best root canal available in Valley Glen and North Hollywood area.