Root Canal Treatment Los Angeles, CA
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A root canal is one of the more common and best known types of endodontic treatment. It can mean saving a tooth that might otherwise be lost. In the Los Angeles area, Suzanne Khalili DDS is your best choice for a root canal. Here’s what you need to know about this procedure.
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What is a Root Canal?
Your tooth consists of several important parts. The outer shell or enamel is the hardest part. Next is dentin, part of the supporting structure of the tooth. The inside of the tooth contains a special kind of soft tissue known as pulp, which extends down into the root of the tooth. If the pulp becomes damaged or decayed, it must be cleaned out to prevent further problems. A root canal is a dental surgical procedure that dentists use to remove the pulp and strengthen the tooth to prevent further problems. Commonly performed in a dentist’s office, root canals typically require only a local anesthetic.
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
Problems in the tooth pulp usually result from something else, like a tooth that is deeply decayed, chipped or cracked. The pulp becomes infected or inflamed because bacteria have been able to get into the inside of the tooth. If the problem isn’t treated the infection can spread. You might lose the entire tooth or adjoining teeth, or even become ill from the infection. You won’t necessarily have symptoms if you need a root canal – sometimes the problem is picked up during a routine dental exam. In other cases, you may have pain, sensitivity to heat and/or cold, drainage or red, swollen gums.
What’s the Procedure Like?
The procedure itself is relatively simple, although two visits may be required. At the initial visit, the dentist administers local anesthetic and drills a small hole in the tooth. Next the diseased pulp is cleaned out using special instruments. A rubber-like material called gutta percha is used to fill the hole, which is covered with a temporary filling. At the second visit, the dentist will place a permanent crown over the tooth.
What About Aftercare?
Although the temporary filling helps resolve the immediate issue, it is not as strong as the original tooth or permanent crown. You’ll need to be careful about chewing on that side – avoid ice cubes and hard candies to prevent breaking the tooth. You’re not likely to have any pain, but if you do, over-the-counter remedies are usually sufficient. Severe pain is a sign something’s wrong; contact your dentist immediately. Continue your usual oral hygiene routine. Once the permanent crown is in place, treat it just as you would your own teeth.
If you are having symptoms that might indicate the need for a root canal, please contact Adamd Family Dentistry. We can answer any questions you might have or schedule you for an appointment with Dr. Khalili. Don’t ignore dental symptoms – you could end up losing the tooth.