The Most Common Endodontic Treatment Is The Root Canal, Where The Pulp Of The Tooth Is Cleared Of Decay & Restored. Learn About Endodontics & Root Canals Here!

Endodontics

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The Root Canal Specialists Serving Lakewood, CA

At Lakewood Dental Arts, it’s our goal to always provide our patients with the most comprehensive dental treatment available, so they can come to one place for all of their oral health needs.  Among our list of dental specialties, you’ll find “Endodontics” which is a term that many are unfamiliar with since it’s a dental term that’s uncommonly used compared to what most people experience as a treatment: root canals.


Endodontics is the study and treatment of the “pulp” inside the tooth, which is a very important part of the tooth, but can be susceptible to decay and infection. The main treatment for treating infected pulp is a root canal, making a professional endodontist like Lakewood Dental Art’s very own Dr. Batheja, an absolute expert at performing safe and effective root canals.


Are Root Canals Painful?

This is a common misconception, since the pulp and root of our tooth is a very sensitive area. When this area becomes infected, it can be very painful, but the root canal treatment itself is designed to have very minimal pain.  At Lakewood Dental Arts, we only use the latest and greatest in dental technology and procedures, ensuring that your root canal treatment is as smooth and comfortable as possible.  


Root canals can actually easily be compared to getting a filling for a cavity, since the procedure simply entails clearing away any decayed or infected area, reshaping the interior of the tooth and filling it with a strong, durable material.


Why Would I Need A Root Canal?

There are numerous reasons that a root canal is necessary, but it’s important to remember that your dentist wouldn’t recommend it if they didn’t think it was the most beneficial option for you and your oral health. In most cases, a root canal procedure protects the rest of your teeth and your body from developing more serious decay and infections.  If you aren’t clear on why you would need a root canal, just ask your dentist and they would be happy to discuss everything with you in more detail.


Some of the most common reasons why a patient needs a root canal include:


  • 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.


All of the problems mentioned above can quickly develop into severe tooth decay or infection if left untreated, sometimes causing extensive damage to your tooth’s overall structure.  A root canal will only be recommended if the damage is beyond the treatment capabilities of a dental filling.


How Do You Perform A Root Canal?

When we perform a root canal, we ensure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout the entire procedure. The procedure does require anesthesia, so the typical patient experience consists of drowsiness and numbness, or simply waking up when the procedure is done.  


Once the anesthesia has been applied, your endodontist will open up the infected tooth and clear away all of the infected pulp from the root of the tooth. Any decay and damage will be cleaned away and repaired carefully, preserving as much healthy tooth as possible.  Then, we use a biocompatible filling material that will fill up the newly cleaned and shaped canals, that is then capped off with a temporary filling. After a brief recovery period, you will return to the office to receive a permanent restoration, in place of the temporary filling.


Contact Lakewood Dental Arts Today

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of discomfort or pain and think that you may be in need of a root canal, come to your one-stop-shop for all of your dental care needs: Lakewood Dental Arts right here in Lakewood, CA!  Just contact us to schedule your appointment, and ask us any questions that you may have about root canal treatment.  We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, radiant smiles for years to come!