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Root Canal

Root Canal Procedure treats infected nerves. Years ago, when a root of the tooth was infected, it had to be removed. Today, it is no longer the case. There is a way to save your original tooth. Root Canal is a procedure to save your original tooth.

When do you need a Root Canal?

There are different reasons why one needs a Root Canal. The following are some of the reasons:

  1. Trauma due to constant striking of a tooth.
  2. Physical irritation cause by a decay that touches the nerve. Normally, a tooth that has a ver y large filling can be a candidate for Root Canal, especially when the cavity is very close to the nerve.
  3. Severe gum disease. Bacteria can grow within the pulp. Bacteria eventually destroys the pulp. When this happens, the bone surrounding the tooth may be infected and abscessed which leads to its destruction.

What are the stages of procedure?

After determining the need for Root Canal, we will schedule you an appointment with our Root Canal Specialist. Root Canal procedure with a specialist is only done in one appointment. He comes once to twice a month in our office. While waiting for your schedule appointment with the specialist, your general dentist may prescribe you an antibiotic to reduce swelling if there is a swelling.

  1. Our specialist will ensure that you will be comfortable during the whole procedure by using an anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. A rubber dam is used to protect your mouth from bacteria. Our specialist will drill a hole into your tooth through the pulp.
  2. The infected pulp is removed. The canal inside the tooth is cleaned. Then, depending on the case, the pulp chamber may be permanently filled and sealed. In other cases, a temporary medication is placed in the tooth to reduce infection and bacteria growth.
  3. X-rays will be taken to ensure that all of the infected area is removed and the canals inside are smooth.
  4. The tooth is now ready for the next step which is a build- up and a crown to fully restore the tooth to its full function and prevent future fracture of the tooth.

What happens to the tooth after Root Canal Procedure?

  1. Brittleness – after Root Canal, a tooth is considered dead. There should be no more blood supplying the roots of that tooth. Therefore, it is more brittle than a vital one. It is susceptible to a fracture without a build-up or a crown on it. Therefore, it is encouraged to get a build-up and a crown as soon as possible to preserve the tooth for a longer period of time.
  2. Discoloration – since a tooth after root canal is dead, the tooth may become discolored over time. However with a crown covering the real tooth, this may be hidden.

Should you have any further questions regarding implants, feel free to schedule a consultation with our specialist. Call our office at (818) 788-3168 or email us via hsdo@att.net.

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