A root canal may not be anyone's favorite procedure, but they can save severely damaged teeth for a healthier smile. Learn more & schedule a consultation!

Endodontics

Endodontics

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Root Canal Treatments in Lakewood, CA

At Lakewood Dental Arts, our mission is simple: provide world-class dental care to patients throughout Lakewood, CA and the surrounding areas in a warm, welcoming office environment. As a leading dentist in Lakewood, we're proud to offer a wide range of treatment options to suit the unique needs of our patients, and we strive to make treatment as convenient as possible. In addition to preventive and cosmetic dental care, we also offer endodontic treatment – or, as most people know it, root canal therapy.


What Is Endodontics?

By the dictionary definition, endodontics is the study of the dental "pulp" inside of a tooth: the fleshy tissue that houses nerves and carries blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the tooth. The dental pulp is critically important to the health of a tooth and is normally protected by hard layers of enamel and dentin, but if the pulp is exposed to the outside because of a cavity or damage to the tooth, it's highly susceptible to infection. Endodontic treatment, in the form of a root canal, can save a tooth if the pulp has been infected, allowing us to preserve teeth we would otherwise need to remove entirely.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

If you've ever heard the phrase "I'd rather have a root canal," you likely think of root canals as a painful procedure– but that's not truly accurate. Root canals are performed under local anesthetic, so patients don't feel a thing during the procedure. And in the long-run, a root canal prevents massive amounts of pain by healing the infection and preventing further damage and decay. At Lakewood Dental Arts, our Lakewood endodontist, Dr. Batheja, is an expert at performing root canals and takes every precaution to ensure a healthy, comfortable procedure. 

Do I Need a Root Canal?

Your dentist may recommend a root canal for a wide variety of reasons, but generally speaking, root canals allow us to save natural teeth that we would otherwise need to extract and replace. If we feel that a root canal may be the best option for you, we'll take the time to talk carefully with you about the procedure and ensure you understand every part of the process. Some of the most common reasons for root canals include:

  • Infected dental pulp
  • Severe tooth sensitivity
  • Severe tooth decay or cavities
  • Clipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Swelling or tenderness around an infected tooth
  • Weakening of teeth caused by repeated dental procedures

  • Without treatment, any of these problems can quickly develop into a serious infection that can damage both the tooth itself and the tissues and structures surrounding the tooth. In general, we always try to solve the problem with a more minor procedure like a filling or crown, but in some cases, a root canal is the only way to ensure the health of the tooth and your smile. 

    The Root Canal Procedure

    The root canal procedure is a minor, routine procedure that we can complete in only two appointments. We'll take care to make sure you are as comfortable as possible throughout your appointment, and we offer the option to use only local anesthetic, a minor sedative, or general anesthesia during your procedure. 

    After administering the anesthesia, your Lakewood endodontist will carefully remove all decayed and infected tissue from the tooth, including both the enamel and dentin as well as dental pulp. You endodontist will then clean the tooth of any bacteria, taking care to save as much healthy tissue as possible. Once clean, your dentist will use a strong, biocompatible filling material to fill the canal left behind by the dental pulp, then close the tooth off with a temporary filling. There will then be a brief wait period, after which we'll bring you back in to finish the tooth with a permanent filling or crown.

    Contact Your Lakewood, CA Endodontist

    While root canals aren't always necessary, sometimes it's the best way for us to save a damaged tooth and complete your smile. If you have more questions about root canals or think you might be in need of one, we'd love to help: simply reach out to us at our contact page or request a consultation online. We look forward to hearing from you, and we're excited to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy new smile through convenient dental treatment!