A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, becomes necessary whenever the pulp inside of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected, and this can occur for many reasons. For instance, a cavity is a breeding ground for bacteria, and if it is left untreated, the bacteria may infect the pulp.
When Do I Need A Root Canal?
Root Canal Treatment
Cracked or broken teeth and common dental conditions like gum recession can also lead to severe nerve sensitivity and root infection which only can be treated by a root canal procedure to save the tooth.
Contrary to popular belief and myth, a root canal is not an incredibly uncomfortable procedure. In fact, it is no more uncomfortable than a filling. Patients are made comfortable prior to the procedure, and it can usually be completed in a single appointment, though a second appointment might be necessary for follow-up. Usually, ibuprofen or acetaminophen is recommended to alleviate pain, and patients are instructed to avoid chewy or crunchy foods for a period of time.
Root Canal Procedure
Root canal is the last resort in dental treatments to save a natural tooth. The treatment involves removing the infection inside the roots and replacing it with root canal fillers that can last many years. Almost every tooth with a root canal is going to need a protective crown to increase the longevity of the tooth and its strength in chewing and appearance.
At Forever Smile Dental Care, we use the latest technology to do a root canal procedure painlessly and efficiently.
Contact our Los Angeles office today to make an appointment and trust in Dr. Shelyan to help save a severely damaged tooth.