When the pulpy interior of a tooth becomes infected and begins to decay, a root canal is the most effective way to clean out any infected tissue and seal and protect the tooth from further damage. Dr. Sean Fahid, an endodontist, who practices at Couture Smiles Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California, offers effective root canal treatments to protect and preserve the health of your natural teeth. Contact the office or make an appointment online if you are concerned that you might need a root canal.
When a tooth is infected, swollen, or irritated, the caring dentists at Couture Smiles Dental Group may recommend a root canal treatment. Root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure and may be completed by Dr. Fahid, who is an endodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the dental pulp and tooth nerves). Root canal treatment may be necessary if a tooth has suffered from deep decay, a crack or chip, trauma, or other factors that lead to infection and damage in the tooth pulp and nerves.
Root canal treatment is an important procedure that can help to prevent more serious consequences that may occur if you allow an infected or seriously injured tooth to progress untreated. When left untreated, an infected tooth can cause:
If you suffer from a severe toothache, extreme tooth sensitivity, swelling or pimples in your gums, or a darkening of the tooth, you may need root canal treatment. Drs. Gordon, and Fahid encourage you to contact them today to learn more about root canal treatment and to schedule your next appointment.
During a root canal in at Couture Smiles Dental Group, the dentists:
They then seal the tooth to prevent any further bacteria or decay from building in the interior of the tooth. To restore the function and structure of the tooth, they seal the tooth with a dental filling or crown, which provides additional strength and support.
While root canals have a reputation for being painful, modern advances in dental technology and anesthesia have greatly reduced the discomfort associated with the procedure. In many cases, you won’t feel anything besides minor pressure during the procedure with just mild tenderness for a day or so after.
If you experience a toothache or tooth sensitivity, it is possible that you may have decay inside of a tooth. You should make an appointment with Dr. Fahid for a checkup, diagnosis, and treatment.