ROOT CANAL THERAPY
For many people, just hearing the words “root canal” brings to mind thoughts of pain, and sparks a bit of panic. The misery associated with this procedure is nothing more than a myth, born in the primitive early days of dentistry. In reality, it is a gentle procedure that relieves (not causes) pain. When you visit our office, you can rest assured that you are in good hands, with a skilled and compassionate dental professional.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is the space in the middle of a tooth root, which houses soft tissues known as dental pulp. Root canal therapy is a dental procedure that repairs and saves an infected or badly decayed tooth. The pulp and nerve inside the tooth are removed, and the canal is cleaned. It is sterilized to kill any remaining bacteria and sealed with a filling material.
Signs that you might need a root canal
When the dental pulp is damaged, it begins decomposing and bacteria begin multiplying. The resulting infection creates pressure inside the tooth and aggravates the nerve. Once damaged, the pulp and nerve will not recover.
Abscesses (pus pockets on the gums or around the teeth)
Frequent or chronic toothache
Sensitivity to temperature or pressure
Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
What to expect
The procedure is straightforward and highly successful. Before the Doctor begins, he will numb the area completely to ensure your comfort. He will create an opening in the tooth, to access the canal and pulp chamber.
The pulp, nerve, and decayed tissue are gently removed using a special file, and the tooth is rinsed. When complete, the tooth is filled. The process is very similar to having a cavity filled, though it takes a bit longer. The most common complaint that we receive about root canal therapy is that it is boring!
Following treatment, the toothaches, sensitivity, and abscesses cease, because the nerve as well as the infection are removed. A tooth nerve is not essential for health or functionality once the tooth has fully erupted. In most cases, the treated tooth will be topped with a beautiful porcelain crown, to prevent any future damage.
Call our office at (310) 539-8616 and schedule an appointment today.
23560 Madison Street
Torrance, CA 90505
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