Santa Clarita dentist describes root canal therapy
When patients hear of root canal therapy, they are often scared about visiting the dentist. However, root canals are not painful—they can actually alleviate pain and discomfort for patients. Our dentist in Santa Clarita, Dr. Sarkis Aznavour, provides treatment for infected or diseased teeth that can eliminate the need for extractions.
What is root canal therapy?
Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy is a process in which the dental pulp from inside of the natural tooth is removed to deaden the tooth and eliminate the infection that is present. The tooth structure is maintained and patients do not have to struggle with the extraction and replacement of a natural adult tooth.
Who is a candidate for root canal therapy?
Patients who have an infection of the natural tooth and want to eliminate the need for extraction are encouraged to ask about the benefits of root canal therapy.
How is root canal performed?
Root canal therapy starts with x-rays to properly diagnose the condition. Common conditions that may require root canal therapy include:
- Infection of the dental pulp
- Inflammation inside of the tooth
- Extremely large cavities
The dentist will schedule the procedure, during which patients are properly anesthetized and sedated if required. A small hole is made which allows the dentist access inside of the tooth. Special instruments are utilized to remove the dental pulp, which is a mass of tissues including the nerves and blood supply. Once removed, the area is disinfected to eliminate bacteria before sealing it with a material called gutta percha. Oftentimes a dental crown is placed over the tooth as an extra layer of protection against weakness and breakage.
What Is Root Canal and Why It Is Done?
A root canal is the removal of the nerve from your tooth. The reason we do this is that either there’s an infection due to a cavity or due to a crack in the tooth. Root canals are usually done in one to two appointments. They can be done by a general dentist or an endodontist, which is a root canal specialist. After a root canal is done, you may experience some tenderness and we prescribe analgesics such as ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil. Sometimes we prescribe any form of steroids if the discomfort is severe enough. After a root canal is done, you need to have a crown placed on the tooth because a hole was made through your tooth to do the root canal. The reason for this is to protect your tooth from further deterioration or further cracks. The crown is basically taken care of as a natural tooth. You can still get a cavity, you can still get gum disease around the crown if it's not properly done, or if it's not properly taken care of.
If you are interested in learning more about root canal therapy and other procedures available at Healthy Smiles Dental, we encourage you to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Sarkis Aznavour by calling the front office staff at (661) 210-4280. The practice is conveniently located at 24242 Lyons Avenue and offers a wide selection of services for new and existing patients.