When a tooth has diseased pulp, extraction is by no means inevitable. Root canals at La Jolla Dental Group in La Jolla, California, are simple procedures in which Mehrack Kajian-Faraji, DDS, and the expert team remove the damaged tissue but leave the healthy part of the tooth intact. Saving the natural tooth is always the better option, and a root canal makes that possible. Use online booking or phone the office now to arrange an appointment to discuss root canal therapy.
You may need a root canal if you have an infection within your tooth. The pulp, which includes all of the nerves and blood vessels inside your tooth, is vulnerable to infection when there's some type of tooth damage like a crack, chip, or cavity.
Often, you'll experience severe pain with a tooth pulp infection. Even if you don't have pain, your tooth structure grows weaker and weaker over time if you have infected pulp.
Eventually, this can lead to serious complications like tooth loss and bone damage. A root canal is the best way to eliminate the damaged part of your tooth while keeping the healthy part intact.
You'll receive local anesthesia before your root canal treatment begins. This ensures that you won't experience pain during the procedure.
Your La Jolla Dental Group dentist will suction out the diseased tooth pulp and then perform a thorough cleaning to remove all traces of infected tissue.
Your dentist then packs the inner part of the tooth with a sterile material called gutta percha and seals it off. After that, you'll typically get a temporary crown to wear until your permanent restoration is ready.
Root canal recovery is remarkably easy. You'll relax for a short period at La Jolla Dental Group while you recover from anesthesia, and then a friend or family member can drive you home.
The majority of La Jolla Dental Group patients return to work the morning after their root canal procedure.
Your La Jolla Dental Group dentist will review all of the alternatives with you. Sometimes, tooth extraction is an option, but it's rarely a superior one.
If you choose extraction, it's almost always necessary to get a dental implant afterwards to prevent your other teeth from moving. Overall, it's usually cheaper and easier to have a root canal to preserve your natural tooth.
If you have tooth pain and you just want relief, a root canal may be the way to be pain-free while saving your tooth at the same time. Use the online appointment maker or call the La Jolla Dental Group office anytime to schedule your appointment.