What Los Angeles CA patients need to know about root canal therapy

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At Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA, we provide high-quality dental care and services. This includes root canals, which is a common procedure that is often feared. Root canals are known as being a painful procedure when in reality, they are a very safe and effective way to save a severely damaged tooth. In the following article, we will explain root canals and their value when performed by trained professionals like those at Downtown Dental.

What is root canal therapy?

When explaining root canal therapy and its importance, it’s a good idea to understand the basic anatomy of a tooth. While teeth appear to be a single, solid object, they are actually made up of several intricate layers.
  • Enamel – The enamel is the visible, outermost layer of the tooth. Enamel is a hard, durable substance that is highly resistant to wear and tear. The enamel serves as the “protective” layer of the tooth.
  • Dentin – Underneath the enamel lies the dentin, a more porous, tissue-like material.
  • Pulp Chamber – Inside the middle of the tooth is the pulp chamber which houses a mixture of soft tissues including the nerves and blood vessels. Connected to the pulp chamber is the root canals that extend out to the bone.

When the pulp chamber of the tooth becomes infected or injured, root canal therapy is often the only way to save the damaged tooth and prevent the need for extraction.

How dental pulp becomes infected or injured

The pulp chamber of the tooth is very fragile, which is why in a healthy tooth it is well protected by the dentin and enamel layers. When a tooth becomes compromised the pulp can be damaged or infected. Some of the most common reasons for this occurrence include:
  • Decay / Cavities – There are several things that can lead to cavities or decay. Consuming acidic or sugary foods and beverages and frequent snacking without proper oral hygiene can lead to cavities. Small cavities are generally easy to correct, however when they aren’t treated, they can continue to get larger and begin to affect the deeper layers of the tooth. Because the pulp chamber is much softer than the dentin or enamel layers, it erodes quicker. Once a cavity reaches that inner pulp and exposes it to harmful bacteria, the chances of infection rise quickly.
  • Injuries – Everything from tiny fractures to broken teeth can lead to problems in the pulp chamber. A tooth that has broken due to trauma can leave the inner layers exposed and the nerves susceptible to injury and infection. Even teeth that have experienced micro-fractures are at risk of pulp injury. These microfractures are often caused by bruxism or oral trauma and can create a pathway for bacteria to reach the pulp.
  • Gum Disease – Infections of the gum tissue can lead to pockets between the teeth and gums. If these pockets aren’t treated, the gum can recede far enough to expose the root and leave it susceptible to plaque build up and infection.

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Signs that you may need root canal therapy

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Because the pulp layer is hidden deep within the tooth, it requires a trained dentist with diagnostic devices to identify injured or infected pulp. Still, there are signs and symptoms you can watch out for that may indicate you need root canal therapy.
  • Pain – The number one sign of infection or injury to the pulp chamber is the pain. Some people experience constant, throbbing pain while others may experience intermittent, sharp bursts of pain. Furthermore, some patients only experience pain during movement, such as when they stand up quickly or perform high impact exercises.
  • Sores – If you notice pus pockets or mouth sores that don’t heal, this could be a sign of infection.
  • Radiating pain – In addition to tooth pain, abscesses caused by infection can cause radiating pain out to the jaw, cheek, or neck.

The importance of root canal therapy

Root canal therapy addresses injured or infected pulp so that the tooth does not need to be extracted. Similar to a filling, a small opening is created in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chambers and root canals. The dentist will remove any diseased pulp since it is in the process of dying and will then sterilize the area. The procedure is completed by filling the area to prevent reinfection and placing a dental crown over the tooth to strengthen and protect the weakened tooth.

To learn more about root canal therapy in Los Angeles, Call Downtown Dental at (213) 863-9464.









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