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Root Canal Therapy
A few years ago, teeth with pulp diseases were removed. Today, root canal treatment provided by our dentist in Santa Clarita helps save many teeth that otherwise would be lost. Root canal treatment (or endodontic treatment) cures the inside of the tooth. It is necessary when the pulp is infected or inflamed. The main goal of root canal treatment is to cure the infection, save the tooth, and prevent further complications. Our root canal specialist Dr. Edon Hirt highly recognized endodontist in Santa Clarita is member of the American Association of Endodontist. Your root canal treatment would be completed by using the latest digital technology and microscope. We are committed to providing the highest standard of professional care in a friendly comfortable environment.
There are many reasons which provoke the teeth inflammation or infection: deep cavity, chips or cracks, repeated procedures on the same tooth, faulty crowns, an injury to a tooth, etc. Untreated infection or inflammation can cause strong pain and finally lead to an abscess. An abscess destroys the bone surrounding the tooth and causes very strong pain.
Symptoms of Tooth Infection and Pulp Damage
- Sever spontaneous pain in the tooth
- Sensitivity to cold or hot
- Toothache when you bite or chew
- Swollen gum over the infected tooth
- Pus around the affected tooth
- Fever, general ill feeling
- Bitter taste in the mouth
- Swollen glands
- Swollen jaws
Possible Complications of Root Canal Infection
- Spreading of infection
When the pulp is infected, it loses the ability to resist further spread of the infection. This, in turn, can cause an endodontic abscess.
- Loss of tooth
When the pulp is injured or infected, the pulp tissue dies. If you don’t remove the bacteria, your tooth will get infected and can be lost.
- Bone loss
The infection can spread and cause bone loss in the jaw.
What Are the Benefits of Root Canal Treatment?
Saving your natural tooth root canal has a lot of advantages:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and taste sensation
- Natural look
- Protect remaining teeth from strain
- Durability: most treated teeth last as long as natural ones
Steps Involved in Root Canal Treatment
- Step 1.
First, the tooth is examined and x-rayed to understand the problem and tooth condition. The x-rays show the number, size and depth of the roots, thus helping to plan the root canal treatment. Then, the nerve is taken out and the canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The root canals should be shaped to ensure a smooth surface. If some infection remains in the tooth, a temporary filling material is used to medicate it. The dental procedure is held under the local anesthesia. You have to wait few weeks or months until the tooth is free from any bacteria.
- Step 2.
On the second visit, the temporary filling is removed. The infection-free root canal is sealed with a permanent rubbery filling, usually called gutta-percha. If the tooth is totally damaged, a post may be required to build it up before placing a crown. Thus, a metal or plastic rod is inserted to the canal for additional support. Then, a crown or other restoration is placed on the tooth.
After the first stage of treatment procedure, you shouldn’t chew or bite on the treated tooth until all treatment is completed. During the first few days after the procedure your teeth could be sensitive. This discomfort can be relieved with certain over-the-counter medications. As soon as you have your tooth restored, you should treat it as your natural one. Practice proper oral hygiene (brushing, flossing) and don’t forget about regular dental checkups.
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