Out of all of the dental treatments, our dentists perform in our practice; we see the most negative reactions to the mere mention of a root canal. This particularly useful procedure is one of the best ways for our dentists to save a tooth from extraction. We find that a great deal of exaggeration and misinformation surround the root canal and that our patients are less distressed by the procedure when they have facts.
Dr. Stein has extensive training in the field of endodontics, the discipline which studies and treats the inside of teeth and has completed countless root canals over the years. Patients are advised to have a root canal based on the inner condition of their teeth.
A root canal is necessary when the pulp inside of a tooth is dead or dying. The pulp contains nerves and tiny blood vessels. When it is damaged or infected; it is no longer able to supply the tooth the white blood cells to fight the infection or help the tooth heal. As the trouble grows, the patient will experience increasingly painful toothaches because the surviving nerves inside the pulp send these excruciating distress signals alerting the body of a problem.
We assure you that ignoring the pain will make the situation worse. If the infection enters the bloodstream, it can spread anywhere in the body.
If the infection exits the tooth, it can create a pocket of infection between the root and the gum, called an abscess. Over time, an untreated abscess can wreak havoc with the patient’s gums and jaw bone.
After the infection sets in, we usually see the patient, who has excessive pain. There are two alternatives for this condition, an extraction or a root canal. Our office advises against removals because the patient risks bone loss and potential deterioration of the jaw.
Many patients are concerned about the pain of a root canal, as it has the reputation of being painful. In the past, root canals were painful because dentists found numbing the area around the decaying pulp difficult. Because of training in endodontics, Dr. Stein knows some of the most advanced methods of pain control in dentistry.
After administering an anesthetic, Dr. Stein removes the diseased pulp, cleans the inside, fills the hollow tooth with a substance called gutta-percha, and seals the tooth. Often a crown is used to protect and support the tooth after the root canal.
Modern dentistry takes the pain and the fear out of a root canal. If you are experiencing pain, contact our office to schedule an exam.
18399 Ventura Blvd #251, Tarzana, CA 91356
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