When a tooth is infected or begins to decay, we are often forced to intervene by means of a root canal (also known as endodontic therapy). The purpose behind this operation is to save the tooth from further damage. Our specialists will remove both the nerve and the dental pulp of the tooth, apply a sealant to prevent an abscess, and then place a crown on the tooth. We often recommend a root canal in the following instances:
(1) severe toothaches
(2) abnormal swelling of the jaw area
(3) and unreasonably high tooth sensitivity

Dental Pulp
The dental pulp resides in the space inside the root of the tooth. It is comprised of highly vascularized connective tissue and supplies the tooth with blood. The dental pulp is necessary for proper nourishment and formation of adult teeth after they have emerged in a person’s mouth. In addition, it provides nutrients to the tooth on a continual basis keep it strong and resilient.

Once the pulp has been removed, the tooth will inevitably grow more brittle. This is why our office carefully fits our patients with a finely tuned crown. We make sure that the crown supports the function of the tooth even though the bone lacks a steady flow of nutrients.

The Root Canal Process

Step 1
First, we will determine if you are indeed a candidate for the operation. Once that determination has been made, we will initiate the procedure by anesthetizing the infected area. We take great care to make sure that the tooth and surrounding tissue is completely numb so that the procedure is completely painless.

Step 2
We will locate the infected abscess and clean it thoroughly with a disinfectant solution. In addition, we will prescribe an oral antibiotic to ensure that the area is totally clean and bacteria free.

Step 3
Once the infection is gone and the swelling has receded, we will bring you in for the final portion of the operation. We will once again anesthetize the area and then remove the pulp and nerve of the tooth.

Next, we will apply a sealant to the tooth to ensure that no further infection is possible. Our office uses a naturally occurring polymer called gutta-percha. Once the sealant is cured, we place a crown atop the tooth. After the operation, you will not notice any difference in this tooth compared to your other teeth.

The procedure is fast, simple, and painless. If you are experiencing any discomfort, don’t wait another minute. Call our offices and schedule an appointment today.

Call today for a free root canal consultation

(310) 237-6329

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