Providing Root Canals In Marina Del Rey, CA
Although your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, damage from a deep cavity that is not removed can cause the nerve inside of your tooth to become infected. This infection can irreversibly damage the pulp, the network of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels inside of your tooth. The infected pulp can then damage the bone surrounding the tooth, resulting in pain and swelling. If left untreated, additional bacteria, pus and dead cells can cause a serious infection or abscess, leading to spread of the dental infection throughout your body, bone loss around your tooth and/or the loss of the tooth itself. Signs and symptoms that you may need root canal therapy include swelling of your face and neck, severe tooth pain, swollen gums, and temperature sensitivity. All of these terrible signs and symptoms begin with a little bit of tooth decay that is left untreated. If you allow the decay to get bigger and bigger and bigger without stopping it before it hits the nerve in your tooth, that is when you will need a root canal.
If you are in need of a root canal in Marina Del Rey, you can trust Los Angeles dentist Dr. Scott Tamura to perfrom the best root canal therapy. Whether you live in playa del rey, mar vista or venice beach, Dr. Scott Tamura will help treat your tooth decay effectively and immediately.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root Canal Therapy (endodontic treatment) is designed to save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of having to remove it. It involves opening the diseased tooth, removing the infected pulp, cleaning the canals inside the root, and filling and sealing the tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal therapy – which, contrary to popular opinion, is similar to having a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments. Years ago, root canals were often painful. But with today’s dental advances, there is little, if any, pain with root canal therapy.
Alternative Options Available
Alternatives include extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with a dental implant, bridge or removable partial denture. (hyperlink)
Root Canal Procedures
A root canal usually takes one or two visits. Dental X-rays are taken to determine the extent of the damage; you will receive a local anesthetic prior to the procedure. There are mild sedatives available which you can take just prior to your dental visit which can make the experience more pleasant if you have anxiety or are fearful. If the infection is severe, your dentist may also prescribe an antibiotic before your appointment.
Three parts to doing a Root Canal
- Remove the nerve: An opening is made through the biting surface of the tooth to gain access to the pulp chamber. Using tiny dental instruments, the diseased pulp is removed and the chamber and canals are cleaned and flushed. Medication may be put into the chamber and canals to treat any infection that may be present.
- Clean and disinfect the chamber after the diseased nerve has been removed. Antibacterial medications are flushed into the hollowed out chambers inside of your tooth to make sure that all the infection has been removed prior to completing part 3. If the root canal requires additional visits, a temporary filling is placed in the biting surface to protect the tooth.
- Fill the disinfected chamber inside of your tooth. When it’s time to fill the chamber (the hollowed out area where the nerve used to be) the interior of your tooth is disinfected, dried and filled with a special filling material called Gutta Percha and a sealer, designed to ensure that the canals are sealed tight and protected from bacteria and saliva.
Two Separate, But Very Important Steps
Once your Root Canal has been completed, your tooth will get dry and brittle over time. That is why it is important to strengthen the inside of your tooth with a Post. Once the post is placed inside of your Root Canal tooth, a Build Up can be placed around your post to fill any hole that was created when the decay in your tooth was removed.
Once the inside of your tooth has been strengthened with a Post and Build Up, the outside of your Root Canal tooth must be covered with a strong and protective restoration. This is done with a beautiful, white, porcelain crown matching the color of your other teeth. Now that your pain is gone…your restored tooth is both cosmetically pleasing and perfectly functional. If you follow good oral hygiene, your restored tooth could last a lifetime.
Emergency Root Canals In Marina Del Rey
Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule a root canal procedure. If you’re in pain or need to see a dentist immediately, call the offices of Dr. Scott Tamura. Dr. Tamura performs emergency root canals in Marina Del Rey and the surrounding area.
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