At Extreme Smile Makeover in San Diego California, Dr. Ali Shojania provides Dental Root Canal for patients. A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected.
Root canal procedures are performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Why you may need to Visit a Root Canals Dentist in San Diego
Whilst the visible bits of your teeth may look healthy and white, much of your tooth actually lies below the gum line, where you cannot immediately see it. The section which lies below the gum line is known as the root. Unfortunately, there are many dental problems which can occur in the root of a tooth, including tooth decay and painful tooth infections. If left untreated, these problems will spread to the rest of your tooth, and the crowns of your teeth (the part above the gum line) will not look so healthy anymore! In these circumstances, you may need to have a root canal treatment performed by a qualified root canals dentist in San Diego.
The root of a tooth is made up of a nerve and an area of soft tissue known as pulp. Tooth decay or infections can take hold in the root of a tooth if the tooth is cracked or chipped, you have experienced any serious oral trauma, you have not been following a proper dental hygiene routine or one of many other reasons. If the infection or decay is spotted early enough, it can be stopped in its tracks, but if early treatment is not administered, then it is harder to treat. Signs of tooth decay may include a toothache, swelling around the area, sensitivity to hot or cold, pain when pressure is applied to the tooth (for example when chewing) or a discoloration (darkening) of the tooth. If your problem has progressed too far, you will need to visit a root canals dentist in San Diego so that you can have a root canal procedure.
A root canal is performed to prevent further damage from occurring to the tooth and to prevent decay and infection from spreading to the surrounding teeth and gums. During a root canal procedure, the dentist will create a small opening in the crown of the tooth, through which they can remove the infected pulp and nerves. Once the infected areas are removed, they will be able to clean and file the area to ensure that the canal is clean and all traces of the infection are gone. The root canals are then filled with a special, permanent dental material which will strengthen and protect the root of the tooth. The initial hole that was created in the top of the tooth is then filled with a filling (in some cases a special post may be inserted into the tooth for extra support) and this will be topped with a crown if required.
If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, or you are worried about the condition of any of your teeth, contact a root canals dentist in San Diego, such as Dr. Shojania of Extreme Smile Makeover, in order to discuss your options. A good dentist like him will be able to advise you on any preventative measures which will negate the necessity for a root canal procedure, but if one is required, he is fully qualified to perform this procedure.
If you have to visit a root canals dentist in San Diego you should not be worried, as it is a relatively simple, standard procedure.