ROOT CANAL TREATMENT Dentist in Marina del Rey - 30+ Years Tradition of Excellence
With advanced & surprisingly comfortable endodontic therapy you have an alternative to tooth removal whereby you’ll retain full use of your natural teeth.
The inside of a healthy tooth has living pulp where the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues live. That pulp is normally protected by the dentin and enamel layers above it. However, tooth decay or damage to the tooth can cause infection to in the pulp. If left untreated, the infection can destroy the pulp and spread to the tooth and surrounding tissues. A root canal, known as endodontic therapy. is the most common method to treat an infected tooth.
Endodontic therapy involves the removal of tissue from inside the tooth that has been damaged by trauma or infected by decay. After the pulp is removed, the pulp chamber & root canal system is cleaned, disinfected & sealed.
To fill the cleaned pulp chamber, the dentist uses a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha. This material fills in the gap and prevents further infection from occurring. To fill the hole used to access the pulp chamber, the dentist will apply a regular filling material. Once a root canal is completed, two other procedures are generally needed to complete the restoration of the tooth.
Who needs a root canal?
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate: extreme toothache when pressure is applied your teeth either through chewing or clenching; inability to tolerate hot or cold temperatures and lingering sensitivity even when teeth are no longer in contact with the culprit; or a darkening of a tooth and/or swelling of the gums.
The root canal procedure is fairly straightforward, and really is nothing to be apprehensive towards.