Root Canal Van Nuys
Teeth consist of several layers. The innermost layer of the tooth is the pulp, which contains connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels that nourish the tooth as it develops. The pulp is located in the canals of the tooth inside the dentin and extends from the crown to the roots of the tooth. The dentin surrounds the pulp, and the outermost layer, or enamel, protects the inner layers. If the pulp of the tooth is damaged or diseased or the nerve becomes inflamed, our Van Nuys root canal dentist may determine that you need a root canal treatment.
A root canal treatment is often needed to address damage caused by deep decay, dental injuries, infections, cracks, abscess or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Our expert in root canal in Van Nuys will evaluate your tooth for extreme sensitivity to temperature changes, tenderness to pressure, discoloration, swelling, drainage, and pain. In some cases, there may be no pain or noticeable symptoms. This is most likely to occur when the nerve has already died.
Van Nuys Root Canal
If you are a candidate for a root canal, our Van Nuys root canal dentist will first numb the treatment site. Then, the inflamed or infected pulp will be removed, and the root canals will be carefully cleaned and shaped. Our Van Nuys root canal dentist will fill the root canals and seal them with a special material to protect them and prevent further infection. Later, you will return to have the tooth permanently restored. This is usually done with a porcelain crown, which allows you to continue using the tooth just like all of your others.
Teeth that need root canals are often quite painful before the procedure, which will usually significantly reduce pain. However, your tooth may still be tender or sensitive after the root canal as the inflammation subsides. This is normal and should decrease as the tooth heals. Take any pain medications or antibiotics exactly as prescribed by our expert in root canal in Van Nuys to help the tooth heal.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our Van Nuys dentist.
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