Manhattan Beach Root Canal
In the past, when a tooth became too decayed or infected for a dentist to place a dental filling, the tooth simply had to be removed. Today, advances in dental treatments allow dentists to save millions of teeth each year with a root canal.
When is a root canal necessary?
Root canals become necessary when the dental pulp inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. This infection may be caused by decay, faulty dental crowns, chips or cracks in the tooth or oral trauma. When this happens, the inflamed pulp can cause pain, and in cases where an infection is present, and abscess may form at the base of the tooth root. This can be extremely painful.
What is involved in getting a root canal?
When your dentist performs a root canal, he will first numb the tooth and surrounding area to keep you as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Having a root canal is very similar to having a tooth filled. Your dentist will drill into the tooth and remove all of the inflamed and infected tooth pulp. The tooth will then be disinfected and cleaned before being sealed with a special dental composite material. The tooth will then either be filled, or a crown will be placed over the tooth in order to protect it and prevent future infections. The tooth will continue to function normally.
What are the benefits of a root canal?
Besides being able to keep your natural tooth, a root canal has many benefits. Not only will you be pain-free, you will be able to continue to chew effectively and continue to enjoy the foods that you prefer. Without a root canal, the tooth would most likely need to be pulled, creating the need for future dental procedures such as dental implants or dental bridges in order to replace the missing tooth. Keeping your natural teeth also allows you to maintain a normal sensation and biting force when you chew, and prevents extra strain or wear on the surrounding teeth.