Restore your Tooth, and your Sense of Comfort, with Root Canal Therapy in Granada Hills
You expect your teeth to stay healthy and durable for your lifetime, but this is not a guarantee. It used to be that an injured tooth would need to be removed. Today, we perform root canal therapy to save teeth and restore comfort to a hurting patient.
Why Root Canal Therapy may be Needed
When you observe your teeth, they look like hard, solid structures. What you see is the outer shell of enamel, which does happen to be very strong. However, beneath this layer of matter are two deeper areas. Dentin is situated just under enamel, and beneath this material is the pulp chamber. The core area of the tooth contains pulp tissue, which is made up of tiny blood vessels and nerves.
Sometimes, bacteria enters into the pulp chamber through an untreated cavity. Sometimes, infection results from an injury. Whatever the cause, diseased pulp tissue can cause intense, throbbing pain that is difficult to resolve. If infected tissue is not removed, the tissues surrounding the root are likely to be affected, as well. Ultimately, unresolved infection can cause irreparable damage and unnecessary pain.
What to Expect
- Prior to treating the tooth, we numb the area for your comfort. The tooth is then isolated using a thin latex sheet. This keeps the site dry for the duration of the procedure.
- Damaged tooth material is removed before we create a small opening to the pulp chamber.
- Using tiny files, we remove pulp tissue along with the nerve and roots. The canals are thoroughly cleaned and shaped to accommodate the filling substance.
- Depending on the severity of infection, medication may be applied into canals prior to filling.
- Canals are filled with inert material to seal out bacteria.
- An impression is made of the tooth for the fabrication of a dental crown.
- A temporary crown is affixed over the tooth to protect it until the final crown is placed.
- The final restoration of the tooth takes place about 10 days after root canal treatment.
Restorative care can help you avoid the need for tooth replacement. To schedule your visit at Viva Smile, call (818) 900-2800.