Root Canal Therapy – Endodontics
Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental treatments performed across the United States. The root canal procedure is often a simple treatment that will allow you to keep and protect a dying or infected tooth, eliminating a need for dental implants or bridges.
Common signs or symptoms of a tooth that needs a root canal include:
- Chronic tooth pain
- Pain when biting down
- Sensitivity to hot and cold liquids
- Visible tooth decay
- Discoloration of tooth
Why is a root canal needed?
There is a collection of blood vessels at the center of every tooth known as the pulp. The pulp can become infected for various reasons like decay, and cracks or chips. Root canals will help save the tooth and cure the infection, allowing you to keep it while eliminating all pain associated with the infection.
What does the root canal procedure involve?
If our dentist in Encino recommends root canal therapy, the procedure can usually be done in one visit however, keep in mind that molars can take multiple visits. During the visits, the infected pulp will be removed and the root canal is thoroughly cleaned, then sealed.
Are there any alternatives to getting a root canal?
The only alternative to getting a root canal for a sick tooth is to have it removed. This, however, will require additional procedures like dental implants, partial dentures or a bridge in order to fill the empty space so that the neighboring teeth will not shift. These additional procedures are often costly and
also may never give you the same benefits as being able to keep your natural tooth.
Many patients may not have any symptoms and still need a root canal, which is why we recommend seeing our Encino dentist regularly for routine cleaning and exams. Root canals are often life-long. Let us help you treat your tooth so you continue showing off your natural smile.