A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is performed by our dentist in Encino in order to restore a tooth.
There are a few different layers of your teeth. Enamel is located on the surface, and dentin is a hard layer underneath. The pulp is located under the dentin and contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. The pulp is really important in the early years of growth and development of the teeth.
If the pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to decay, trauma, or chips or cracks in the teeth, a root canal can be performed by our dentist to save the tooth, provide relief from pain, and prevent an abscess. A root canal works great for saving the natural tooth. As an added benefit, it looks natural and feels natural when biting and chewing.
Symptoms of a problem that may require a root canal include a toothache, discoloration, sensitivity to heat and cold, and tenderness or swelling in the gums. A persistent pimple on the gums can also be an indicator.
What can I expect?
First, an x-ray will likely be taken in order to see the shape of the infected tooth and to look for an infection in nearby areas. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area during the procedure. Fortunately, many patients find that a root canal is a comfortable procedure. It is actually not much different from getting a cavity filled.
During the procedure itself, the pulp is removed. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned. The tooth is filled and sealed with a rubber-like material and a sealer paste. A crown or filling may be used for added protection.
Contact our dental office today to find out how our Encino dentist can help you find relief from pain and discomfort with an effective and minimally invasive root canal.