Tooth Decay Treatment

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Cavities are a fairly common dental problem that can usually be corrected with a simple filling. However, very large cavities, or those that result in infection, may need more extensive treatment by an endodontic specialist.

Tooth decay can affect just the surface of the tooth, or may go way down into the pulp and root. If this occurs, inflammation and infection may result. This can lead to pain or an abscess. An endodontist in Los Angeles can help to decide on the best course of treatment.

It is important to remove all of the decayed matter and infected material from inside of the tooth. The root may also be removed in a root canal if this is determined to be the best way to save your tooth. Your endodontist may repair or remove part of the root or any damage to the surrounding bone. Once all decay and infection is removed, a filling can be used in order to restore function to your teeth. Be sure to follow all aftercare instructions as provided by your endodontist for best results.

Complications Arising from Root Canals

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Root canal treatment usually goes smoothly, but complications can occur for a variety of reasons. Errors during the procedure and anomalies in tooth anatomy are often involved when problems do happen. Here is a look at the most common types of root canal complications.

Re-Infection

Errors or missed infected tissues can allow a tooth to become re-infected right after a root canal or later. Insufficient cleaning, delayed crown placement, and incomplete removal of infected tissue from abnormal tooth canals may be involved in these cases.

Root Perforation

Tooth roots are very delicate and often shaped in unusual ways, and they sometimes become punctured by instruments during a root canal procedure. In some cases, such punctures can be repaired immediately with no further issue.

Root or Crown Fracture

Following root canal therapy, teeth, and especially their roots, are more brittle than before. Further treatment, failure to place a crown, and habitual teeth grinding all can potentially fracture weakened roots. This often makes extraction necessary.

Complications of root canal treatment can happen during the procedure or later. Fortunately, complications are unusual and are treatable in a variety of ways. You can schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles endodontist to learn more about endodontic complications.

Tooth Decay and Its Treatment Options

When the plaque in your mouth feed on sugar, they create a harmful acid byproduct that eats away at the enamel of your tooth. This process is known as tooth decay. Treatment of tooth decay depends on the level of severity.

If the acid has only started to eat away at your enamel and a cavity has not yet formed, it may be possible to treat the decay with fluoride toothpaste. If enough enamel has been destroyed to the point that a cavity has developed, then a dentist will need to remove the decayed portion of your tooth and restore it with a dental filling. Dental fillings can be made of gold, silver amalgam, composite, and ceramic. If your tooth has been severely damaged by decay, the tooth may no longer be able to support itself when our Los Angeles endodontist removes the decayed portion. In this case, you will be fit with a crown. If tooth decay has reached the pulp of the tooth, then a root canal treatment will become necessary. In this procedure, the infected pulp is removed from the root canal of your tooth. The root canal is then flushed and cleaned, and an antibiotic may be administered to heal the infection. Once the root canal treatment is finished, a crown will be placed over the treated tooth for support.

If you are suffering from tooth decay, contact our expert in tooth decay treatment in Los Angeles to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

What Endodontists Do

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.

What is an Endodontist?

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.

What Does Endodontic Therapy Involve?

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Endodontic therapy can imply several different dental procedures, but the term usually refers to root canal therapy. The root canal is the chamber inside the tooth that contains the pulp of the tooth. The pulp includes soft tissues such as the nerve, blood vessels and connective tissues. If the pulp is damaged or becomes infected, the infection can spread beyond the tooth, and even into the bone. This can cause extreme pain and swelling. Removing the diseased pulp can prevent this suffering, and also preserve your tooth. Our expert in endodontics in Los Angeles can help you decide if a root canal is right for you.

During endodontic treatment, we will numb the tooth and nearby tissues. Once the area is completely numb, we will access the inner chamber of the tooth to remove the diseased tissue. First, the root canal will be thoroughly cleaned, and then it will be shaped. If the infection was severe, a medicated material will be placed in the tooth, and you will be sent home to heal. In this case, the restoration will be performed at a later appointment. At the end of the procedure, the tooth will be sealed to prevent further infection, and the restoration will be complete. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in endodontic therapy in Los Angeles.