Healthy teeth should not hurt, but teeth that ache, throb, or react painfully to cold, heat, or pressure may have an infection or nerve problem that can only be treated with a root canal. A root canal is a special treatment used to remove the nerve and soft tissues from the inner chamber of the tooth while preserving the actual tooth so that it can continue to function normally. Dr. Lozada, Los Angeles root canal expert, can help you decide if a root canal treatment is right for you.
Dr. Lozada, expert in root canal in Los Angeles, may recommend a root canal if you have:
• A crack that affects the nerve of the tooth
• A tooth that has been repeatedly traumatized
• Severe decay
• An infected tooth
• A severely damaged tooth
At your appointment, Dr. Lozada, Los Angeles root canal expert, will evaluate your tooth. Dental X-rays and other images will be taken to determine the extent of the infection or injury. These images will also enable us to see the number, location, and shape of the root canals. Most teeth have from one to four canals. These canals are chambers in which the pulp of the tooth is located. The pulp is the soft tissue of the tooth, which includes the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissues.
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Before performing the root canal, we carefully numb the tooth and surrounding tissues, and then isolate the tooth to keep it completely clean and dry while working on it. Dr. Lozada, expert in root canal in Los Angeles, will access the root canals and remove the diseased soft tissue, carefully shaping and cleaning each root canal. Once the inflamed tissues and infection have been removed, the chambers are thoroughly flushed and cleaned again, and then sealed against further contamination. The tooth will be able to be restored at a later appointment.
Root canals are no more painful than a typical dental filling, but you may have some discomfort as the inflammation subsides. Dr. Lozada may prescribe antibiotics or other medications if the infection was particularly severe. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment at our Los Angeles dental office.