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Endodontics Los Angeles

Root canals! Just the words make you cringe. When a tooth gets damaged and the nerve in the tooth becomes infected, your tooth needs a root canal. The endodontist (Doctor who does root canals) will clean out and medicate the roots until it is ready to be filled with permanent cement. This is the best way to save a tooth without extraction.

Today’s root canal treatment is nothing like your grandmother’s root canal treatments. Your endodontist needs a bit of recognition. They go to dental school to get their DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry) degree. Both are degrees that your dentist can earn. On top of that, your doctor has extended their education by dedicating more time to specialize in restoring the health of your teeth. They also have to spend time performing root canals before taking the specialty examination.

Root Canal treatment can be performed by your general dentist but they can refer you to your specialist if they feel that your treatment would be better suited with an Endodontist.

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Root canal treatments involve anesthesia and if you prefer light sedation. It is a long process and you will need to allow time for your procedure. You will see that your tray of instruments will include reamers and files in different sizes and colors. These are used to remove the nerve from the root of the tooth.

The length of the root will determine which reamer and files your doctor will use. Don’t be surprised if a culture is taken for review to be sure that all infection is alleviated. Medication is included to ensure that there is no bacteria and pathology left before your root canal is filled.

X-rays are taken during the procedure to see if the files are long enough for the root canal and reached the apex (tip) of the root. It takes great skill to work in such a small space and today, your team has instruments that can reach in smaller spaces than generations before.

Lasers and modern technology have perfected the process, making it much more painless and stress-free. The laser can reach minute areas in the tooth anatomy and is an asset to our team. Not all offices have the technology and we at Wilshire Smile Studio are proud to be able to offer this service to you.

Time is not on your side when it comes to infection and pain.  Just remember not to wait too long before calling us for an appointment.

If you have any questions or need to make your appointment, please feel free to contact our office by telephone (323) 336-8478 or email us at: smiles@dentistlosangeles.com

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