Perceived as one of the toughest and most painful dental treatment, root canals have earned themselves a rather bad reputation for being a tricky and traumatising dental treatment. When it comes to undergoing a dental treatment, we tend to paint a picture about the treatment in our mind and make a general assumption that it would be a painful process, which would make you cry and feel pain. Well, this is how conventional dental treatments have treated people and there is not much that can be done to alter that perception but by connecting with an advanced dental clinic like Northridge Advanced Dental clinic, you can definitely help yourself avoid such painful dental treatments and get rid of dental issues in a painless manner.
Let us take a quick overview of one of the most popular and sought after dental treatment service at Northridge Advanced dental clinic.
An overview of Root canals at Northridge Advanced Dental clinic
If you have heard about it, a root canal is one of the most commonly performed dental treatment at any clinic. Speaking widely, root canals are performed to repair and save a tooth from further damage, when the adjoining teeth or a given tooth has undergone major damage, or is under attack from an infection. Although we will let you know the complete details of the procedure at later stages, for now you can understand how a treatment involving root canals is performed generally.
While performing a root canal treatment, the dentist removes the ‘pulp’, or the infected area from a damaged tooth. After this, the dentist will clean and disinfect the affected area thoroughly to remove any residue of the pulp. Once this is done, he will add a filling into and seal the tooth opening.
Root canals are popular for striking a fear in any person as they are expected to be very painful and time consuming. What if we took you through a detailed explanation about the treatment and helped you understand what really happens when your dentist performs a root canal? We are sure that your fear will evaporate and you would be able to feel comfortable with undergoing the treatment.
At Northridge Advanced Dental Clinic, Dr Isaac Kashani is the expert dental surgeons, under who’s guidance, all treatments are supervised at the clinic. We strive to deliver excellence and satisfaction with every single treatment that we provide at our clinic.
The need for a root canal treatment
Owing to a large number of misconceptions about the treatment, people have a lot of negative perception about a root canal dental treatment. As long as you maintain your teeth with good hygiene habits, you may not even need one, all your life. However, should any issue come up, you may be advised to undergo the treatment, to save other teeth from falling for the same fate.
Here are the stages of decay and why you may need a root canal treatment:
- Infections can be normal and minor but when an infection exceeds the enamel layer of a tooth and makes it way deeper inside it, the lower layers of a tooth become infected, which might be difficult to control with local medications or domestic treatments.
- Once the infection starts penetrating the deeper layers of the tooth, it eventually reaches the nerve structure at the core of the tooth, where the pulp of the tooth is located.
- All this time, the nerve endings suffer from inflammation, which occurs as a direct result of decay in the tooth. Gradually, the entire structure begins to die and there is no going back to healing from this point.
- To add to the stress, the teeth release a specific chemical, which is responsible for pain and swelling, resulting from an infection, at the tip of the tooth. Most patients realise that something is wrong with their tooth, only at this point.
- This is when you should ideally ring a bell for your dentists and seek expert expertise to help you get rid of the pain and swelling.
AS you might have already felt while reading the stages of the infection, a root canal requires an expert hand to clear your tooth, of the infection and discomfort. Northridge Advanced Dental Clinic can be a promising saviour for you and your teeth at this point, since our expert doctors, Dr Isaac Kashani, will be able to handle your case on priority.
Who will be tending to your treatment at Northridge Advanced Dental Clinic?
As per the accepted norms, a general dentist or an endodontist can perform a treatment connected with root canals. Here’s what you need to know about them both:
- General dentist: A general dentist is someone who understands and practices across common fields of dentistry and addresses issues connected with the same.
- Endodontist: This is a specialised dentist, who receives training at an advanced level and holds speciality in the understanding of a tooth’s internal structure. However, some knowledge about the same is imparted to general dentists as well, during their study curriculum and training sessions.
In the case of Northridge Advanced Dental Clinic, you need not worry about this matter. All treatments at our clinic are supervised under the guidance of Dr Isaac Kashani, who are advanced level specialists and further, we have a vast team of specialised dentists and general dentists as well.
Otherwise, you may refer your trouble to a general dentist, who may or may not further refer you to an endodontist.
What to expect during a root canal?
It is common to feel queasy about a dental treatment, especially when it comes to a root canal treatment. However, understanding the treatment procedure can help you overcome your fears and become confident about undertaking it at Northridge Advanced Dental Clinic.
- First of all, it is of prime importance to anaesthetize a tooth so that the treatment can progress without any pain. It is done in an analogous manner as when a cavity is filled in.
- Using appropriate tools, the tooth is drilled down to reveal the infected area.
- The dentist removes the decayed nerve endings, inflammation, infected pulp and the dead nerve tissues, located around the area.
- The tooth is cleaned thoroughly to remove any traces of the remaining infection and is prepared for a filling procedure.
- Most commonly, the filling material is composed of a rubbery material, which is known by the name of gutta percha. The task of this substance is to completely seal off the internal structure of the tooth and separate it from the oral ingestions later.
- Post performance of this procedure, the internal core of the tooth is protected but the overall tooth remains weak and prone to infections. This is why, a dental treatment of crowns might be recommended as a protection for the tooth.
- Root canals can be performed in a single visit. However, recurring visits might be required to assess the stability of the treatment and ensure that the infection is not coming back.
This is it! Your average root canal treatment is carried out in this manner to protect your teeth and save them from further decay and infections.
If you are still wondering if you should go for a root canal treatment or not, consider these facts. As per statistics, more than 95% of the dental treatment, involving a root canal, have been found to be successful. Also, root canal is considered as an economic and less costly dental treatment, compared with any ordinary tooth extraction process.
Unsure if you need a root canal? Visit Northridge Advanced Dental Clinic today!
Sometimes, the signs of an infections or a problem with the teeth, may become apparent through certain symptoms. As a part of proper oral hygiene, it is expected that people should be vigilant about such symptoms and consult a dentist at the first signs of a trouble with their teeth.
Dr Isaac Kashani, of Northridge Advanced Dental Clinic, are of the opinion that people should make it a point to visit a dentist on a routine basis, for a general examination. This will help catch the signs of an infection at an early stage and consequently, assist them in providing adequate relief from the problem.
If you find that your teeth do not look healthy or if you are troubled with pain and discomfort of any type, it is advisable that you visit a dentist at the earliest and have them check your teeth. This will help them discover the problem with your teeth and suggest corrective procedures.
How do we know if we will be able to help you?
Surely, this section might have caught you off guard! Well, while most people would talk about why you should choose a particular service provider or what you should look for, in a dentist before choosing him, let us talk about how do we ensure if we are the right people to handle your case.
Each patient and each tooth is unique, and so are the problems associated with them. While there are ample general researches and journals to suggest what should be done during a root canal procedure, every year, we do come across a case or two, which is intensively intricate and difficult. This is mostly because of the level of damage, which is so deep and acute that we have to consider how to treat the patient.
For this purpose, we conduct a thorough examination of the patient at first. At this stage, we consider every aspect about the patient and his condition and understand how the treatment can be performed, in order to provide relief to the patient.
Also, we ensure that we are equipped with the necessary tools and expertise to handle the case and that we have the resources to complete the task at hand. Once this job is done, we convey every detail to the patient, so that he can make an informed choice about undergoing the treatment as per our prescription. Only then, do Dr Isaac Kashani, undertake to carry out the dental treatment of root canals.
In this regard, the competency and training qualification of every dentist at Northridge Advanced Dental Clinic is assessed, before assigning him to any patient.
Have you heard this about root canals?
We are sure that your mind is stuffed with endless thoughts and myths about a root canal treatment. Let us proceed to find out how far they are true!
- The most painful thing about teeth: As long as you are getting root canal treatment in the twenty first century, you need not believe this part about root canals. They used to be a painful thing, back in the day when technology was not as advanced but today, with the advanced aesthetics, the same cannot be said to be true.
- We will find you sitting at the dentist at most times: Root canal treatments can be different for different people. While for some, it may require a single sitting, some may even need to visit more than four – five times for completing their treatment. The same depends upon the extent of damage and difficulty in accessing the root canal, hence, it is not true that root canals necessarily require several sittings.
- Root canals increase illness: Back in the day, some researches pointed out that bacteria can remain trapped inside a root canal and aggravate heart diseases in a patient. This story has never been proven and in fact, bacteria are quite common, even in the mouth of a healthy person.
- Root canals are not durable: Sometimes, and in fact, very commonly, teeth tend to break after months of undergoing a root canal treatment. The reason for the same is that the lack of nerve endings and cutting off the blood supply from the tooth, leave it vulnerable to becoming brittle, after constant grinding and chewing activities. Over time, when the tooth can no longer stand to remain in its original shape, it tends to break off. The simple way how it can be controlled is a proper crown covering after a root canal treatment. Aptly stated, it is not the root canal that doesn’t last but the lack of proper tooth restoration that leads to ultimate demise of the tooth.
Some fun facts about your teeth and root canal treatments
Here are some quirky yet significant facts about root canals and your teeth, which will surprise you!
- Every year, more than 15 million root canals are performed by dentists all over the world.
- The number of root canals performed by endodontists is 12 times more than those performed by general dentists.
- While there exists no such distinction, almost 50% people claim to have heard about a ‘root canal specialist’ at some point of their life.
How do I know that I need a root canal?
While tooth ache and pain while eating food and talking is one of the most common reason why you may need a root canal, there are some other symptoms which point in the direction. Take a look at them here:
- Observing swelling in the gums
- Observing swelling on some part of the face
- Bad breath in the mouth which continues to persist in spite of using mouth fresheners and oral hygiene products
- Appearance of some darkness on or around the tooth
- Feeling of tenderness on the gums
- Feeling of teeth sensitivity when consuming hot and cold food items
- Appearance of a bump on the gums or somewhere around the tooth
These are just some of the common symptoms that may indicate that you need a root canal treatment. However, it is not necessary that either of these symptoms may necessarily mean a problem with the internal structure of your teeth. Moreover, there can be other symptoms as well which may indirectly indicate the need for a root canal treatment.
We understand that it might not always be possible for you to understand these symptoms, or look out for other symptoms which would require immediate attention to your teeth.
This is why, we encourage you to stay in touch with your dentist and get your teeth assessed by them on a regular basis.
At Northridge Advanced dental clinic, Dr Isaac Kashani can provide the best dental care for your teeth in a comprehensive manner. They have individually handled many patients who required root canal treatments and have trained other dentists at our clinic as well with their expert guidance.
Northridge Advanced dental clinic is a place which addresses your dental issues with care and provides a friendly medium for you to avail treatment at the best possible costs and within a reasonable time frame. For a root canal treatment, get in touch with our dentists today and let them examine your teeth for a complete treatment solution.
Which dental conditions require a root canal treatment?
As is common knowledge, the bulk of the tooth is composed of dentin, which is covered with a layer of enamel. Within the dentin, a soft layer of tissue known as the pulp is situated. It is here that a probable infection can incept such as in the case of an inflammation. Such swelling could be caused due to decaying tooth, dental fillings, and cracks in the tooth, accidents and more. Furthermore, any form of pain, cavity or other dental issue within a tooth could warrant a condition where a root canal treatment might prove to be a relief.
A root canal treatment would be suggested by our dentists in case they discover some form of infection or possible signs of a future infection inside a tooth, which could give rise to further dental issues. You could experience unreasonable pains, discomfort and swelling around the infected tooth, which could be signs that something within the tooth is extremely wrong. Moreover, the presence of a deep cavity inside a tooth can give way to bacteria to access the nerve bundle at the core of the tooth, which is responsible for the nourishment of the tooth and its structure. Ultimately, upon determining if the infected nerves would be able to recover naturally or not and whether the infection is still present within the tooth or not, Dr. Isaac Kashani, our head dental surgeon, along with his team of professionals in dental field, will be able to recommend a root canal treatment.
In our experience, running away from a treatment, merely because it sounds painful, will only cost you your peace of mind and convenience in the long run. In some cases, such negligence might also be responsible for aggravating the condition further. This is why, our advice would always be to get in touch with your dentist at the earliest, at the first signs of pain and discomfort in any tooth.
Is a root canal treatment safe?
If you are still reading and relying upon age old studies and research material about dental treatments, you will never be able to make up your mind about undergoing a dental root canal. Over the years, many baseless theories have vividly suggested that root canal treatments, among others, are not safe and pose a threat to dental health. However, we would gladly like to enlighten you with the truth that such theories are baseless and hardly rest upon any scientific backing.
The fact remains that the American Dental Association, regularly reviews and updates allowed dental practices as per the acceptable norms and guidelines that have been built up over the years after careful speculation. With the robust improvement in technology each day, we have even been able to come up with improved methods of administering root canal treatments and utilize sophisticated machinery for the same.
At Lasting Impressions Dental Spa you will get the best and most comfortable dental treatment for your teeth that will let you get rid of any pain and trouble in your teeth.
How do we deliver a full proof root canal treatment to our patients?
We understand that when you arrive at Lasting Impressions Dental Spa for a query regarding root canal treatment, you are expecting nothing less than the best treatment for your teeth from us. We highly appreciate your decision to consider us for such dental treatment and dearly strive to stand up to your expectations. For this reason, we have designed our services in a manner that ensures satisfactory delivery of root canal service to our patients on a timely and affordable basis.
At Lasting Impressions Dental Spa, you can choose from a number of available payment options to settle the dues for undergoing a root canal treatment. We have very systematic and flexible payment options for your convenience so that you can pay for the service without any trouble. Also, we accept most of the major insurance plans as payment for the services.
As far as root canal treatments are concerned, we follow a very strict and reasonable procedure to determine when our patients need the treatment and how exactly would we be administering the treatment in each case. In a normal instance, one of our experienced and professionally trained dental surgeons would examine the patient, who requires the root canal treatment and lay down his observations in documentary format. He would also pay attention to any past dental history or other health conditions which might be useful in determining the viability of the treatment. Next, the entire documentation will be assessed by a team of dental surgeons, who would suggest their opinions and evaluate the best course of action in the case of the patient. Such treatment evaluation will also include consideration about recoverability of the tooth and possible medications that might be needed post treatment. Lastly, our team of experts will make an evaluation about the possible outcomes of the root canal treatment and the possible alternative prognosis during the treatment, which might be best suited for the patient, such that he suffers minimal pain and discomfort.
Is a root canal treatment painful for the teeth?
In plain terms, as much intrusion with the teeth as a root canal treatment might involve, it is easy to believe that the treatment is highly painful and intolerable. However, once you take a look at the equipment and methods that we make use of, in the modern day to carry out a root canal treatment, you will be stunned at the advancement that we have made in the field of technology and dental treatments. Modern day anesthetics are designed to relieve a patient by causing as little pain as is possible, while the treatment is being administered.
As soon as you would visit us at Lasting Impressions Dental Spa and complain about a toothache, our experts would make a quick examination and remove any damaged tissues from the roots of your teeth that might be causing the pain. Also, you can seek assistance from our dental experts as they are highly trained in counselling patients in cases where they are feeling dental discomfort. We are sure that you will be able to seek relief from them in no time.
Is it better to undergo a root canal treatment or simply to have a tooth removed in its entirety?
For patients who require a root canal treatment, we have often come across suggestions and queries, asking us to get rid of the tooth which is infected or damaged, so that the problem is eradicated at the root level. It is sad to know that such false misconceptions are making the rounds among people these days, where they are hoping to get rid of their natural teeth, simply to get rid of a dental problem.
When it comes to dental problems, always remember that as far as possible, you must try to save your natural teeth. The reason for this is quite simple. The shape, structure and appearance of a natural tooth can never be replicated exactly with an artificial tooth. No matter how professionally a dentist might administer a treatment for replacing a tooth, you will never be as satisfied with it as having your original tooth.
Nowadays, root canal treatments are quite long lasting and also require just a few sittings with the dentist to complete. However, completely taking off a tooth and then replacing it with another might not only cost you a lot many extra bucks but also need more time and sittings from you. Thus, from every point of view, a root canal treatment proves to be an ergonomic dental treatment, in comparison to most other treatments.
Why should you choose Lasting Impressions Dental Spa for a root canal treatment?
If you are thinking about going under the needle to get your tooth fixed, we would urge you to come and visit us once, and give us a chance to display our authentic and reliable dental services to you. With years of experience in the field, we feel confident about our ability to serve you better and quicker. So, if you are looking for a dentist in Encino and neighboring areas for a root canal treatment, come and visit us for a highly satisfactory dental treatment experience.
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