When a tooth has been impacted by decay or infection, it can spread deep within the tooth to the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the mass of tissues that reside in the canals of the teeth. If an infection or trauma occurs, the tooth may need to be extracted. However, thanks to root canal treatment, many patients in the Beverly Hills, California area can avoid extraction and save their tooth.

What is the root canal process?

  • Preparation. Patients are properly sedated and anesthetized to ensure comfort.
  • Access. The endodontist will create a hole in which to access the inner portions of the tooth canals.
  • Removal. The dental pulp tissues are removed from the canals.
  • Disinfection. The inner canals are cleaned and disinfected.
  • Filling. A material called gutta percha is used to fill the canals where dental pulp was.
  • Sealing. The tooth is sealed using composite resin bonding, a material that looks like natural tooth enamel.
  • Dental crown. In some situations, the endodontist may fabricate and place a dental crown over the tooth to protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure.

Do root canals hurt?

Patients who hear the term “root canal” may automatically think of a painful dental procedure. However, this is not the case. Root canal therapy is done under proper anesthetics and with sedation, so patients are comfortable throughout the entire process. We encourage patients to ask about our sedation methods to choose the one most appropriate for their level of anxiety and comfort. Sedation is used in conjunction with local anesthetics, so patients do not feel a thing!

Learn more about the root canal process and find out if you are a candidate

Root canals are nothing to be feared and can provide patients with relief from a variety of issues, including infection. If your dentist has recommended root canal treatment, it is time to connect with an endodontist to learn more. Call Drs. Frank Vidjak and Fanny Yacaman of Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry in Beverly Hills, CA at (310) 861-3955 to request a consultation visit. We are always accepting new patients into our state-of-the-art dental facility at 465 North Roxbury Drive in Suite #703.

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