Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the inner chambers of the teeth. Each tooth is covered by an outer layer of hard dental enamel, which surrounds a softer layer called dentin. Inside the dentin are the chambers of the tooth, which contain the pulp. The pulp is a soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. If these soft tissues become diseased, our Los Angeles endodontics expert may recommend a root canal therapy or other endodontic procedure.
The pulp of the tooth is usually well protected by the dentin and enamel. If the structure of the tooth suffers a crack or chip, has a large cavity or has become inflamed as a result of multiple dental procedures, a root canal may be necessary. Pulp inflammation or infection is usually quite painful, but it can also suffer disease silently with few or no noticeable symptoms.
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If you are a candidate for a root canal treatment, our expert in endodontics in Los Angeles will take dental X-rays or digital images to identify the number and location of the canals and the extent of the damage or disease. After determining the best way to proceed and treat the issue, an access point will be created that allows us to remove the diseased tissues.
The pulp of the tooth helps nourish it as it grows, but it can be safely removed if necessary. Our Los Angeles endodontics expert will completely clean the root canals once the pulp has been removed and then seal the canals to protect them using a special material called gutta percha. At a later appointment, the root canal can be completed, and a permanent restoration such as a dental crown can be placed.
Most people feel immediate relief from their symptoms after a root canal. We use topical and local anesthesia to ensure comfort, and sedation may be available for those who are anxious or phobic. After your root canal treatment, our expert in endodontics may prescribe antibiotics or other medications to reduce the risk of complications or to ensure proper healing. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Los Angeles dentist.