Root Canal Northridge
Teeth are strong and durable, and with good care, they can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, tooth decay, infection, and dental trauma can leave them so badly damaged that they can be at risk of extraction. Our Northridge root canal dentist may suggest a root canal treatment as an alternative to extraction to save the damaged tooth.
You might be a candidate for a root canal if you have any of the following:
• An abscessed tooth
• An infection
• A badly decayed or damaged tooth
• A cracked or broken tooth
Our expert in root canal in Northridge will examine the affected tooth and take X-rays or other images to identify the shape, size, and number of the root canals in the tooth to plan your treatment.
Northridge Root Canal
Once we have created your treatment plan, our Northridge root canal dentist will numb the affected tooth. Many patients who are candidates for root canals are in pain, so we take extra time to ensure your tooth is fully numb before proceeding to the next step. Anxious or phobic patients may also benefit from dental sedation. Next, we create an access point to reach the root canals so that we can clean out the infected tissue and carefully shape each canal before sealing them against further contamination and infection. We finish by placing a temporary filling that will protect your tooth until you can have a permanent restoration completed. This is usually done at a later appointment.
A tooth that has had a root canal can continue to function like any other tooth, but it may need special care. Once you have it restored with a crown, you will need to brush and floss it carefully just like you brush and floss your other teeth. Be especially careful to clean the border between the tooth and the crown to reduce the risk of cavities in this area. Visit our expert in root canal in Northridge regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.
Call us today to learn more about how root canals can save teeth or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Northridge.
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