Endodontic Treatments

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Are you experiencing a tooth ache? If so, you are likely in a lot of pain right now, and wishing for something that can magically take it away quickly. Fortunately, there’s a special dentist specifically for this purpose. Endodontists can perform root canal and other types of treatments in order to save your tooth and eliminate all pain.

Root canal treatments involve using a drill to create a hole in the tooth. This gives our expert in endodontics access to the pulp, which has become infected. All of the infected tissue is removed and replaced with a special dental packing material. The tooth is then restored with a crown or filling.

Endodontic retreatment is sometimes necessary after root canal therapy. This is needed when some infected tissue has been missed and not removed, typically from deep in the bottom of the canals. Our endodontist can go back into the tooth and ensure any infected tissue is gone. Endodontic treatment is also sometimes necessary after a physical accident in which a tooth has been broken, or the pulp otherwise affected.

If you are suffering from a tooth ache, do not ignore the pain – it will not go away on its own. You will need the help of our experienced dentist in San Francisco as soon as possible.

Root Canal Treatment Costs

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There is an unfortunate negative view of root canal treatments. Many believe that they are very painful procedures. In reality, they are performed in order to eliminate the pain caused by tooth infections. For this reason, root canal treatments are worth exactly what they cost.

The benefits of a root canal treatment are numerous. Not only do they involve restoring the health of the tooth, but strengthen and protect them with dental crowns. This also helps prevent jaw bone loss and gum disease. Some people try to ignore the pain and other symptoms of infections, but this is very ill advised. A root canal is the only way the tooth can return to health.

Many patients ask about root canal cost, but unfortunately there is no one right answer to this question. However, most patients find the pricing about the same as other endodontic and restorative procedures. It is important to remember that the benefits of the surgery far outweigh any and all costs. Those who are experiencing severe pain due to the infection have no other way to find relief.

A visit to our LA endodontist should give you a good idea of the process and the costs of a root canal treatment.

Root Canal Therapy

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Pain coming from a tooth can be due to one of many things, the most serious of which is an infection, otherwise known as a toothache. This is considered a dental emergency, and most patients who experience the pain that is typically involved agree. Toothaches require a root canal treatment in order to restore the tooth back to health.

Root canal therapy begins with a local anesthetic. This should eliminate any pain and discomfort the patient is feeling due to the infection. Our root canal dentist in Orange County then creates a hole in the affected tooth in order to access the pulp. This is where the blood vessels and nerves reside, which are now infected. They will remove this infected tissue and replace it with a material called “gutta percha”. The tooth is then restored with a dental crown.

Although root canals can be needed after physical damage, it is most often required due to poor dental and oral care. In order to reduce the risk of infection, be sure to brush and floss properly daily, and see our Orange County dentist for regular exams and cleanings. If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact our office right away.

Is Root Canal Really Necessary?

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Root canal treatments are necessary when the pulp or the nerve of the tooth has been damaged. In many cases, this damage is accompanied by pain ranging from mild to severe. However, there can be no pain or other symptoms if the nerve of the tooth has already died. One of the more important treatments in modern dentistry, root canal therapy can save teeth that would have otherwise been extracted.

When deep decay, abscess, or damage affects the pulp of the tooth, the soft inner tissues become inflamed. This can be quite painful. Bacteria can grow in the compromised root canals of the tooth and create an infection that cannot be treated by antibiotics. The pulp of the tooth must be removed to save it.

Root canal treatments are typically preferred over extractions when possible because the root canal treatment preserves the tooth. Once a tooth has been extracted, it will then need to be replaced using an implant or bridge. This can lead to more dental issues. Saving the tooth allows it to continue to work in your mouth just as it always has.

Call us today to learn more about root canal treatments or to schedule your consultation with our root canal dentist.

How is Root Canal Surgery Done?

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If there is one main misconception in the field of dentistry, it is that root canal treatments are incredibly painful. This is, in fact, not true. Before your dentist or root canal surgeon in Los Angeles begins the treatment, they use a numbing agent at the affected area of the mouth, so you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the appointment.

Next, they will create an opening in the tooth, so they can access the canals. This is where the pain you are experiencing is sourced. The pulp of the tooth, or the insides of the tooth connected to its roots, is infected with decay, and must be removed. This is done using special tools, perfectly designed for the small areas. Once the canals are free of the infection and decay, those now empty spaces are filled with dental filling material called gutta percha. This restores strength and functionality to the tooth, so it can handle chewing and facing other forces. At the end of this process, the tooth will be capped with a crown, which will protect it from decay and damage.

To learn more about endodontics in Los Angeles, talk to our expert.

Success Rate of Root Canals

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Are you contemplating a root canal to save one of your teeth? If so, you are probably wondering how likely the procedure is to be successful.

Though the overall success rate of initial root canal treatment is more than 85 percent, certain factors can impact the likelihood of success.

Experience of the Dentist

Experience of the dentist is the most important factor in the success of any root canal treatment. To lessen the chance of failure of the root canal, it is always best to receive treatment from a dentist who is highly experienced in the procedure.

Difficulty of the Treatment

Some cases are more difficult than others. Sometimes a canal is oddly shaped or there is an obstruction in the canal, limiting the ability to get all the way to the bottom of the canal. Whatever the reason for the more difficult case, the best way to maximize the chance of success of the procedure is by having it performed by a highly experienced dentist.

Delaying Restoration

After root canal therapy, it becomes very important to prevent the ability of bacteria to reenter the tooth. This is normally done by having a permanent crown placed on the tooth after the procedure. Any delay in getting this crown will increase the risk of failure of the root canal.

To learn more about what can impact the success of a root canal, contact our dentist in West Hollywood to schedule a consultation.

Infection from Root Canal

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When it comes to oral health, our endodontist in Los Angeles likens it to a battle, where our teeth are constantly being attacked by bacteria. Our mouths, for their part, have a series of defenses, including saliva, exceptionally hard enamel, and the defensive system of the body. Most importantly, however, daily dental hygiene like brushing and flossing is how we can help our teeth stay ahead in this fight.

However, there are times when we lose that fight and the bacteria works its way all the way through the enamel. Once it does, it quickly passes through the next layer of the tooth, dentin. On the other side of that, in the very center of our teeth, is the nerve center of the tooth, called pulp. Pulp is comprised of a variety of soft tissues, including connective tissue, blood vessels, pain receptors, and more.

Once the bacteria reaches, the pulp, the body begins to attack it as a foreign invader. However, bacteria simply multiplies too fast and eventually kills all of the pulp, which reside from the center of the crown and run down canals through the roots. But the infection keeps going, eventually exiting the root into the gums, creating a redness, swelling and pain. At this point, root canal therapy is needed to remove it.

Learn more about how to avoid and treat this common problem by scheduling an appointment with our expert in root canal infection in Los Angeles.