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Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed. When a tooth's pulp tissue or nerve tissue become infected or dies, a root canal is necessary to remove it before the necrosis spreads to the bone, causing more pain, and endangering the rest of the teeth. This simple treatment is performed to avoid tooth extraction (which can cause a whole new set of problems) and prevent the need of dental implants or prosthetic teeth.
Infection of the tooth pulp can be caused by many things, such as trauma to the tooth, untreated tooth decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of a tooth infection can include intense pain, swelling of the tooth and gums or other visible signs of injury, or sensitivity to temperature.
Performing a root canal involves a pulpectomy, which is removal of the pulp tissue. This is done to remove the infection and save the tooth. Basically, Dr. Lalezarian will drill into the pulp chamber and remove the infected pulp and then drills the nerve out of the root canal(s). Once the infected tissue is removed, the root canal and chamber is filled with a biocompatible material and sealed to prevent further infection. All this takes only 1 to 2 hours, making root canal therapy one of the fastest dental procedures today. Getting fitted for a crown is usually recommended after a root canal procedure, to reinforce the tooth and prevent breaking and cracking.
At Dental Care of Beverly Hills, we do everything we can to ensure a pain-free experience in our office. Even though root canal therapy is a somewhat invasive dental procedure, we use local anesthesia so you don't have to feel any pain during your treatment. We also provide nitrous oxide if you don't want to see your treatment being performed.
However, some patients with a severely abscessed tooth may have to come back for additional visits before a pain-free root canal can be performed. This is because the swelling and pus may contain chemical compounds that render local anesthesia ineffective. In this case, Dr. Lalezarian will drain the abscess first by cutting it to let the pus drain out. He will then prescribe a week of oral antibiotics and have the patient come back after the medication is finished so he can apply local anesthesia and start the root canal therapy.
You should be able to drive home after your treatment, and you can manage any pain after the procedure with ibuprofen or other over the counter analgesics. Root canals are overwhelmingly successful procedures, with complications being a rare occurrence. Just make the necessary follow up visits with Dr. Lalezarian so he can make sure that you have recovered fully from the procedure. Afterwards, he will discuss possible restorative dental procedures so your teeth can regain their natural strength and beauty. As always, proper dental hygiene is necessary to maintain your oral health after your treatment.
Dr. Lalezarian is well versed on the latest developments in advanced endodontic dentistry, using only the most advanced dental tools and techniques for a faster, more precise root canal therapy. He only uses proven, stable, non-toxic materials for root canal fillings, and uses a dental loupe to magnify the root canal site for superior visibility while performing the procedure.
If you think you need root canal therapy and would like to make an appointment, or if you would like to schedule a consultation for your tooth pain and would like to discuss the right treatment for your condition, please call Dental Care of Beverly Hills at (310) 275-0838 or fill out our contact request form, and a member of our staff will help you as soon as possible.