Every tooth is composed of several different parts. The center of a tooth contains the pulp, which consists of blood vessels and connective tissue that nourish the tooth. The nerves of a tooth lie within the root canals, which are in the “legs” of the tooth. When the pulp or nerves become damaged or infected, it can create an abscessed tooth, which will need to be treated immediately. For a fully formed tooth, the nerves and pulp are not vital to the overall function of the tooth, so anything infected can be removed by our Los Angeles root canal expert.
There are several signs that indicate a root canal has become infected. You will need root canal treatment if you experience a severe toothache upon chewing or applying pressure to the tooth, increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness, or a recurring pimple on the gums. Sometimes infected tooth pulp will be asymptomatic, which is why you should schedule regular dental examinations with our expert in root canal in Los Angeles to make sure there is nothing wrong that you cannot see.
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If an infected root canal is not treated promptly, it could result in severe swelling around the face and neck, bone loss around the tip of the tooth root, and drainage problems around the root. A root canal procedure typically takes about one or two visits to our Los Angeles root canal expert. First, our dentist will need to take X-rays to determine the extent of the damage and to see if the infection has spread to the jaw bone or other teeth. Then the dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area and to put you more at ease.
Our expert in root canal in Los Angeles will then drill an access point into the tooth and the infected pulp will be removed. Once the affected pulp is gone and the inside of the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with a medicated packing material. Some teeth may need a crown placed over it to restore its look and function. If you are concerned that you may be at risk of having an infected root canal, contact our dentist in Los Angeles.