Endodontics

Endodontic Specialists Serving Lakewood, CA

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Many people don’t know what Endodontics is, or simply have never heard of it. Endodontics is the study and treatment of the “pulp” inside the tooth, making endodontists specialists for root canals.

We Are Root Canal Experts

There is a misconception floating around that a root canal is an extremely painful procedure. The truth is, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing very minimal pain. At Lakewood Dental Arts, we are proud to offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy and treatment. A root canal is a procedure where our endodontist extracts old, decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the interior “canal” and replaces the removed pulp with strengthened filler.

Why Would I Need A Root Canal?

There are many reasons why a root canal is a necessary form of dental treatment:

  • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp.
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements.
  • Tooth decay.
  • Chipped or broken tooth.
  • Swelling or tenderness near an infected tooth.
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth that have caused it to weaken tremendously.

If any of these aforementioned problems are left untreated, they can lead to severe tooth decay, which can reach the root of the tooth, causing extensive damage to its structure. When the damage goes beyond treatment using a filling, we utilize a root canal treatment to preserve the tooth and retain its original integrity.

How Do You Perform A Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is very straightforward and involves the following procedures:

  • First, the patient undergoes anesthesia.
  • We isolate the problem tooth using a dental dam.
  • We open up the infected tooth to remove all decay and infection from its root.
  • After we remove all infection and decay, we thoroughly clean and repair the tooth, including any cracks and canals.
  • Using special tools, the endodontist reshapes the canals.
  • A cutting-edge biocompatible filling material is used to fill the root of the tooth.
  • We then cover the access opening of the tooth using a temporary filling.
  • After a recovery period determined by your endodontist, the patient returns for the placement of a permanent restoration.

Contact Lakewood Dental Arts Today

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms or feelings discussed above, you may need a root canal. At Lakewood Dental Arts, we are always here to answer questions and help you schedule an appointment. Contact us today to schedule your endodontics appointment!