Root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat an infected or damaged tooth pulp. The primary purpose of a root canal treatment is to save a tooth that has extensive decay, infection, or injury that has reached the tooth's pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Removing the infected or damaged pulp can preserve the tooth and restore its function.
The need for a root canal treatment may arise when you experience certain signs and symptoms, such as persistent toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling around the tooth or gums, a small bump on the gums near the affected tooth, or discoloration of the tooth. Visit Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry for the best care customized for your needs.
The Procedure for Root Canal
Local anesthesia is first administered to numb the area surrounding the affected tooth, ensuring you are comfortable throughout the procedure. Our dentist then creates a small access hole in the tooth's crown to reach the infected or damaged pulp. Using specialized tools, our dentist carefully removes the infected or damaged pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals. The canals are then cleaned and shaped to prepare them for filling.
After cleaning the root canals, they are filled with a biocompatible gutta-percha material. The canals are sealed to prevent reinfection. In many cases, a tooth that has undergone a root canal may require a dental crown to protect it and restore its strength and appearance. The dental crown is typically placed in a separate visit following the root canal procedure.
Following a root canal, it's essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups. Adhering to a proper oral care routine and seeking regular dental care can help ensure the long-term success of the treated tooth.
The Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
The primary benefit of a root canal is that it allows for preserving your natural tooth. Removing the infected pulp and sealing the root canals can save the tooth and help it continue to function correctly.
Root canal treatment helps alleviate the severe toothache and sensitivity associated with infected or damaged pulp. The tooth can heal once the infected tissue has been removed and the pain subsides.
Improved Oral Health
By eliminating the infection within the tooth, a root canal prevents the spread of bacteria to surrounding teeth and gums, thus promoting better oral health.
Root canal treatment has a high success rate in saving teeth that would otherwise require extraction. It alleviates the pain and discomfort associated with an infected or damaged tooth while allowing you to maintain your natural smile and oral function. If you're experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity or suspect needing a root canal, visit the Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 11645 Wilshire Blvd Ste. 790, Los Angeles, CA 90025, or call (310) 312-0505.