A Pain Free Dental Experience
Endodontics and Root Canal Treatment West Hollywood
If you have suffered damage to a tooth through decay, infection or other tooth trauma, that tooth may be repaired through a root canal procedure performed by your holistic dentist at West Hollywood Holistic and Cosmetic Dental Care. Having a root canal not only fixes existing damage, but also helps prevent additional damage, infection or decay.
West Hollywood, California Root Canal Treatment
Although the dental enamel of your teeth's outer surfaces are the hardest substance in the human body, this outer layer of the tooth can still sustain damage. Trauma, tooth decay, infection and other problems can erode the enamel and threaten the structural integrity of the whole tooth.
In a root canal, the West Hollywood root canal dentist removes the pulp from inside the canals of the tooth, where soft tissues, blood vessels and nerves exist. After the pulp is removed, the tooth is sealed to prevent additional damage.
Most people do not know they need a root canal until the holistic dentist finds tooth decay or damage in a routine exam. If a root canal is necessary, the expert dentist will numb the tooth and areas around it for a painless, stress-free procedure. If you are still anxious about having your root canal, you may also be able to receive dental sedation.
Once your affected tooth is entirely numb, the dental expert will drill into the inner chambers and remove damaged tissues. Your tooth will likely have anywhere between one and four root canals that the dentist will address. Once all of the infected tissue has been extracted, your tooth will be sealed for protection.
What is a root canal?
Root canal treatment will remove the thread-like tissue inside your infected tooth's center, extending down into the roots of the tooth. Once that diseased or damaged pulp is removed, your tooth is cleaned, shaped and filled.
By having a root canal, you are saving your damaged tooth that would otherwise be lost to decay or injury. This is what used to happen to infected or injured teeth. Now, root canal saves the tooth and helps fortify it for years of continued functioning.
Pulp damage or death can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common causes of this pulp injury leading to root canal are:
- Cracked tooth
- Deep cavity in the tooth
- Tooth injury, such as a severe impact
- Past injury to the tooth that has worsened
Untreated infected or deceased pulp leads to buildup of pus in the root tip at the jawbone. This forms an abscess, a highly painful condition that can be extremely dangerous to the bone surrounding the tooth. An abscess left untreated can even be deadly.
West Hollywood Root Canal Saves Your Hurt Tooth
There are several steps to a root canal. These take place over several visits to your West Hollywood root canal dentist. Steps of a root canal typically include:
- Making an opening in the back or crown of the tooth
- Removal of diseased pulp through a pulpectomy
- Cleaning of the pulp chamber and root canals
- Enlarging and shaping of the pulp chamber and root canals to prepare them for filling
- Placement of a temporary filling if a second dental appointment is needed to finish the procedure
- Removal of the temporary filling, if one was placed
- Permanent filling of the pulp chamber and root canal using rubbery gutta-percha dental material
- Sealing of the filling with cement, sometimes with a metal or plastic rod being placed in the root canal to help support the tooth
- Placement of a crown over the tooth if needed, to restore its appearance and shape
After root canal therapy at West Hollywood Holistic and Cosmetic Dental Care, your restored tooth can last a lifetime, if you take good care of it. You must practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regular to ensure you do not experience additional problems with that tooth or others.
Although a root canal can permanently save the tooth, some root canal treated teeth become brittle. They can be prone to breaking. This may lead your holistic and cosmetic dentist to recommend placement of a crown over your affected tooth, to help strengthen and protect it. New X-rays may be taken to check on the status of your root canal treated tooth.