In our practice, we find that many patients are unsure about the field of endodontics. It seems to be one of those terms many people have heard, but do not understand. Unlike the discipline of orthodontics, which most people instantly recognize, endodontics is not well understood.
Endodontics is the dental specialty focusing on the inside of the teeth. One of the most common procedures endodontists perform on a regular basis is root canal. As far as dental treatments are concerned, the root canal is the most disliked. The dislike is often from reputation and not experience or facts. Years ago, root canals were painful, sometimes exceptionally so. The pain came from the problematic nature of trying to numb the area full of dead and decaying nerves and blood vessels. Without a good technique, endodontists at that time did the best job they could do at numbing the tooth and surrounding area. Fortunately, dental technologies are much more advanced now, and the majority of patients are pleasantly surprised at how simple, and pain-free the root canal is these days.
Endodontists do more than root canal procedures. Because they care for the area inside of your teeth, endodontists frequently care for teeth that have sustained a traumatic injury. Also, an endodontist would be the most likely choice for caring for a cracked tooth, surgically removing cysts or growths, and performing surgery to transplant a tooth.
To become an endodontist, a student must first earn a dental degree and go on to attend an accredited endodontics program. The postgraduate endodontic education usually will take between two and three years to complete.
The vast majority of dental problems fall under the expertise of our dentist in Tarzana. However, in the event that you should have a complicated dental problem, our highly skilled endodontist is here to help.
All root canals were once considered emergencies, at least by patients. Education and technology have quieted those fears, and there aren’t many occurrences where root canal therapy is truly an emergency. It’s better to use the word urgent, as a root canal procedure can end the spread of infection and save a tooth from extraction. You’re always better off with a tooth than without it, making root canal practices some of the most important in endodontics and elsewhere.
The need for a root canal often announces itself with surprise pain or swelling, even if the infection was present for a while. Decay causes a lot of interior damage once it reaches the dental nerve, and this can be the key prompt for a root canal.
Root canals have a high success rate, but it’s also not uncommon for a patient to need endodontic retreatment. This can happen when the root has multiple or branching canals that weren’t properly irrigated, when debris is left at the dental site, or when the filling material extends past the root tip. The recurrence of inflammation or infection in a tooth already treated means you should immediately contact your expert in emergency root canal in LA.
For more questions, contact our endodontists in LA.
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.
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.
Proper root canal aftercare tasks can ensure that your treated tooth heals properly and reduces the risk of complications. We will give you detailed instructions based on your individual needs.
After your procedure, you will need someone to drive you home if you were sedated during the procedure. If you have been prescribed antibiotics, take them exactly as directed. Antibiotics combat bacterial infections, and even if your symptoms subside, you still need to continue taking them to kill all remaining bacteria. If you are prescribed pain medication, make sure that you are taking it as recommended. You may need to take it at a certain time of day, or with or without foods. Pain medication can affect the way you feel, so you might need to avoid driving while you take it. Pain should decrease in the days following your procedure, but this can take a while depending on the amount of inflammation before the procedure.
If your tooth was given a temporary filling, schedule an appointment to have the permanent restoration placed. Finally, keep your teeth clean during and after your recovery. Regular brushing and flossing will keep plaque and bacteria under control. Call our endodontists in LA to schedule your consultation.
Tooth roots are the lower parts of the teeth, situated below the crowns and taking up about twice as much space. Anchored in the jaw bones, tooth roots stabilize teeth throughout life. Here are some more things to know about the roots of teeth.
Tooth Roots Can Become Exposed
Because tooth roots are buried inside of the gums, they are not covered with protective enamel. This means that sensitivity and decay are significant risks if the tooth roots become exposed, such as after gum recession.
Loss of Tooth Roots Affects the Jaw Bones
When tooth loss occurs, a space is left in the jaw bone where the root was before. Leaving this hole open can result in the jaw bone shrinking and the nearby teeth shifting. By promptly replacing the root with a dental implant, these problems can be prevented.
Tissues Inside Tooth Roots Can Become Infected
Canals inside of tooth roots contain tissues that can be attacked by bacteria after trauma or severe decay. Root canal therapy, a common endodontic procedure, eliminates the infection so that the tooth and its natural roots can remain in the mouth.
Our office is fully equipped to care for tooth roots with a full range of endodontic care. To learn more about the tooth roots and available endodontic procedures, patients can schedule a consultation with our endodontist in San Francisco.