A tooth that is abscessed, infected, severely decayed or badly damaged may need a root canal treatment or endodontic therapy. This treatment can help save the structure and function of the tooth, and it offers a conservative alternative to dental extraction, which removes the entire tooth. Your dentist may refer you to an endodontist if you need a root canal treatment.
An endodontist is a dental specialist who uses endodontic therapy to treat the soft tissues within the tooth. These tissues, which are also known as the pulp of the tooth, contain the nerve, blood vessels and connective tissues. Although all dentists receive training in endodontic treatment, an endodontist receives additional training that allows him or her to manage complex treatments and use a variety of techniques for hard-to-treat cases.
During the procedure, the tooth will be carefully numbed, and a special sheet of latex or non-latex material will be placed over the tooth to isolate it. Also called a dental dam, this material keeps the area clean and dry. Once we make an access point in the tooth, the diseased soft tissues will be removed. We will then flush, clean and disinfect the inner chambers or canals of the tooth. To finish the job, the tooth will be sealed, filled and restored using a porcelain crown. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our Los Angeles endodontist.