Save & Protect Your Tooth With Our Los Angeles Dentist
An infected tooth can cause pain and other serious health problems, but our dentist and team can heal it when we perform root canal treatment. Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful treatment. However, root canal treatment can often be completed with minimal discomfort thanks to advanced techniques, tools, and anesthesia. With root canal therapy, Dr. Behzad Abadi can remove the soft, infected tissues and restore tooth structure so you can have a healthy smile.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is an endodontic therapy recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves become infected or damaged. It may occur if injury or decay reaches deep into the tooth, past the outer enamel layer. When left untreated, this infection and disease may cause the tooth to die and necessitate tooth extraction.
Signs & Symptoms of Tooth Infection
Knowing and understanding the signs of tooth infections is crucial so your dentist can disinfect your tooth and protect it from future dental issues. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may require root canal therapy:
- Cracked, chipped, or damaged tooth
- Severe toothache, throbbing, or discomfort
- Sensitivity when exposed to hot and cold temperatures
- Swelling on your gum lines, face, or soft tissues
- Difficulty eating, drinking, or brushing teeth
The Root Canal Process
Before starting the procedure, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to the site to ensure a pain-free procedure. Dr. Abadi will remove the infected and injured tissues from within the tooth, clean the tooth, and fill it with a medicated material. We’ll then cap the tooth with a restoration, such as a dental crown, to return it to its original shape and structure. In most cases, we can complete a root canal in only one or two comfortable visits to our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the root canal procedure?
On average, these procedures take 30 to 60 minutes to complete. The length of your root canal treatment depends on multiple factors, including the extent of your infection. It may take longer if several teeth require treatment. During your initial consultation, ask your dentist about the timeline of your treatment.
How long do root canal-treated teeth last?
Root canal-treated teeth can last a lifetime with proper care. To ensure your root canal-treated teeth are maintained and protected from future dental issues, practice good oral hygiene with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist.
Is it better to get a root canal or have a tooth extracted?
It’s generally better to save a tooth whenever possible. Extracting a tooth can lead to:
- Problems with biting and chewing
- Cause adjacent teeth to shift
- Alter facial shape
- Impact your self-confidence
With a root canal, we can save your tooth, improve your oral health, and protect it from future dental issues returning.
Visit Dr. Abadi for Root Canal Therapy
Ready to save and protect your tooth from future dental issues? Call our Encino office at (818) 990-5900 or our Downey office at (562) 862-8128 to schedule your consultation today.
Dr. Abadi proudly offers his years of expertise to patients in Encino and Downey, CA, and surrounding areas like Calabasas, North Hollywood, Lakewood, Buena Parks, and East Los Angeles, CA. We look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!