Root canal therapy, although sometimes initially intimidating, is actually a hugely important restorative treatment in the dentist’s tool box. Our Toluca Lake dentists are here to make the entire treatment process as simple, straightforward, and stress-free as possible for you. That is why, today, we are going to be reviewing how root canal therapy works. We hope that this information helps you feel confident pursuing treatment if necessary.
The objective of root canal therapy is to eliminate diseased or damaged dental material within the dental pulp, or core of the tooth.
A tooth may require root canal treatment because an infection has worked its way through the outer layers—the dental enamel and the dentin—into the core of the tooth. It may also be necessary if dental trauma or accident causes the tooth to crack severely.
During treatment our dental team goes into the affected tooth and removes the inner dental tissues and the tooth roots. Once this material is removed, our team will clean and sterilize the rest of the tooth to minimize the risk of re-infection.
To complete treatment, our team rebuilds and restores your tooth using high-quality and natural-looking restorations. Because these restorations are customized to suit your needs, and designed to look like real teeth, your post-treatment tooth will be both functional and attractive.
Root canal therapy has the ability to save teeth that would otherwise be lost due to infection or damage. Without treatment, these teeth may fall out or need to be pulled (in order to prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth and oral tissues).
So, if your dentist recommends root canal therapy to treat a damaged tooth, don’t panic! Our Toluca Lake dentists are here to help you take control of your oral health and achieve an attractive and healthy smile that works for you. Give us a call if you have any questions, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation with our team!