The phrase “getting a root canal” has become a common expression meaning something painful and unpleasant. However, advances in anesthesia and dental technology mean that root canals are now as painless and easy as getting a filling. A root canal repairs a severely decayed tooth, saving it from having to be extracted. Saving a tooth with a root canal is cheaper and easier than opting for implants or dentures. Find the best dentists for root canals in the La Jolla area at The Shores Dental.
What is a root canal?
Your teeth have three layers composed of different materials: outer (enamel), middle (dentin), and inner (pulp). This inner hollow at the center of the tooth, enclosing the pulp and the tooth’s nerve, is called a “root canal.” When this layer of pulp is exposed to the outside due to decay or blunt trauma, a root canal procedure becomes necessary. Exposed pulp is extremely vulnerable to infection, providing a host for bacteria that multiply and accelerate tooth decay. This process can result in an abscess, a cavity filled with pus that grows at the tooth’s roots.
What is the root canal procedure?
Depending on the particulars of the procedure, a root canal is performed by a dentist or endodontist, a type of dentist that specializes in caring for tooth pulp. At The Shores Dental in La Jolla, we refer you to the best dentist for your root canal, ensuring that you receive the most experienced care.
A root canal generally involves three steps:
- Evaluation: Your dentist takes X-rays, assessing the degree of damage to the root canal and searching for signs of infection.
- Procedure: The procedure begins by applying local anesthesia to the targeted tooth. This step is optional; the tooth’s nerve is usually dead, which makes anesthesia unnecessary. But you can still opt for it to make you feel more relaxed. Your La Jolla dentist or endodontist drills into the tooth and cleans out the exposed pulp, plus any decayed tissue, bacteria, or accumulated debris.
- Follow-Up: Often, teeth that require root canals are severely decayed, so further restoration may be needed, such as fillings or crowns. At the end of the process, the tooth will be restored to full function.
At The Shores Dental, your affordable dentist is committed to making your root canal as comfortable and painless as possible. Schedule a consultation to assess your teeth for signs of damage, and don’t hesitate to get a root canal if needed.
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