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Root Canals

Root Canal Specialist Downtown Los Angeles

Are you in need of a root canal? Although it may sound scary, there is typically little to no pain involved in root canal treatment. In fact, millions of people have this type of general dentistry procedure every year in order to stop the pain. Also referred to as endodontic treatment, root canals can typically be completed in only one or two dentist appointments, depending on your circumstances. To better understand why they are necessary, let’s first examine the anatomy behind them.

Anatomy of the Tooth

Underneath the enamel, is a hard layer of the tooth called dentin. Below dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. Pulp contains connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Pulp plays an important role in aiding the tooth’s growth in developmental years.

Once the tooth has formed, it is nourished by surrounding tissues rather than the pulp. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it is then necessary for a root canal. Inflammation can be caused by a number of things.

Reasons for Endodontic Treatment:

  • Deep tooth decay
  • A crack or chip in the tooth
  • Trauma
  • Ongoing dental work on the individual tooth

Root Canal Symptoms

If left untreated, an infected pulp may cause several possible problems including severe pain. This pain is often experienced when chewing or in the form of sensitivity to hot/cold food or drink. Other possible symptoms include a tooth that is becoming darker and gums that are swollen and tender.

Ignoring the infected pulp can result in additional dental issues such as faulty crowns, decay, or even an abscess. Fortunately, Samaritan Dental Arts can help you salvage a diseased tooth with little discomfort or pain while preserving your natural smile.

About The Procedure

Root canal therapy typically involves using anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth, Following that, a hole is made to remove the pulp and the tooth is cleaned out using cleaning root canal files. This is followed by placing a rubber-like seal inside the tooth, called gutta-percha.

Finally, the tooth is covered by a filling or crown for protection, so that it will function just like the rest of your teeth. With modern advances and practices, these treatments are typically very successful as well as comfortable for the patient to experience.

According to The American Association of Endodontists, root canals can benefit a dental patient in many ways. They can support better chewing, standard biting force and sensation, natural appearance, and also protect other teeth from more damage.

Book Your Root Canal Consultation

Root canals are certainly not a scary as the seem. They are just treatments working to ensure you maintain optimal oral health and a great smile. If you are experiencing tooth pain, schedule an appointment at our Los Angeles office today. Dr. Zabolian will carefully evaluate your dental situation to determine whether a root canal is the best solution for getting your smile on the right track.


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