Root Canal Therapy

Because of the bad reputation that root canals have received in the past, people tend to associate them with pain.

If you are told that you need a root canal, it’s likely that you are in pain; however, this is because the nerve of your tooth is infected. Root canal therapy will actually relieve your pain, eliminate your infection, and preserve your tooth when you are proactive about treatment.


When Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

When the nerve of your tooth gets infected, it can cause terrible pain or a toothache. This can happen due to trauma, decay, or an injury to your tooth. In this case, your tooth will need treatment in order to remove the infection and preserve it because, unfortunately, the infection is not going away on its own.

If left untreated, a dental infection can cause damage to your adjacent teeth and even spread to other critical areas of your body, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Treatment with Your Comfort in Mind

Because of its past reputation, many patients are concerned that a root canal will be painful. This couldn’t be further from the truth!

Modern dentistry offers many tools so that Dr. Chen can ensure that your procedure is comfortable, effective, and efficient. He will utilize the best local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t feel a thing during your treatment.

He also uses rotary endodontic instruments that are comprised of titanium instead of stainless steel. Titanium is more flexible, which makes it easier for Dr. Chen to remove the infection from your tooth in an efficient and comfortable manner.

When your treatment is completed, your tooth will need time to heal. After healing, it will need to be strengthened with a permanent filling or crown to ensure that it provides all the function you had before.

How You Can Avoid a Root Canal

Believe it or not, many root canal procedures could’ve actually been avoided.

With routine cleanings and checkups, Dr. Chen can detect issues like tooth decay in its earliest stages. Early detection and being proactive about your treatment allows us to restore your tooth with a simple procedure such as a filling.

If your tooth is feeling sensitive to hot or cold yet it goes away quickly, this is often an indicator of the early stages of decay in your tooth. This is also a good time to contact Dr. Chen for a checkup so you can avoid more costly and extensive procedures.

If it’s time for your next checkup or you are experiencing dental sensitivity or pain, contact your dentist in Los Angeles today to schedule an appointment.