One common procedure completed by Dr. Mungcal is root canal therapy. The root canal procedure in LA’s Downtown Dental is a simple, straightforward process that is done to address pain and discomfort. Instead of the root canal itself being painful, it is the pain that comes beforehand that requires a root canal to be done. There are a lot of negative connotations with root canals, even though they are completed to relieve pain. By thoroughly understanding the root canal procedure, many patients are more understanding of why it needs to be done.
Root canals may be needed for a variety of reasons. Infection, abscesses, and deep cavities are the most common reasons why Dr. Mungcal of Downtown Dental may need to treat a patient accordingly. If a patient is in pain, he will often do an examination and several x-rays to find the source of the problem, and then offer solutions. Sometimes, a root canal is the only solution available.
Before a root canal, the patient may be sedated in many different ways he/she can choose from. It can be as simple as taking a sedative pill or being put completely under general anesthesia. They will also be anesthetized to eliminate any feeling in the tooth or around it. This is done with an injection to numb the entire area for treatment. Dr. Mungcal will then drill a hole into the top of the tooth. This allows him to go into the inside portions of the tooth where the dental pulp is housed. The dental pulp is the area of the tooth that includes the tissues, nerves, and blood supply. This entire pulp must be removed and disinfected during root canal therapy. Small instruments are used to do so, and Dr. Mungcal will ensure that the entire inner portion of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Once this has been done, a dental crown may be made and bonded over the top. This is because teeth become weak and brittle after root canals and may require extra protection to prevent cracking, chipping, and breaking.
Root canals have an extremely high success rate, and are the last resort to save a tooth. If a root canal fails or is not done, patients may need to have the tooth extracted. This can be expensive as it requires restorations to address the missing natural tooth, and this can result in extra expenditures.
Do you have questions about root canals? Are you wondering if a root canal may be necessary for you? Call Dr. Mungcal of Downtown Dental today to learn more about root canal procedures in LA and how they may assist you!