• What is a root canal?

Do you need a Los Angeles Root Canal? Dr. Michael A. Kezian DDS the Larchmont Dentist and his staff at the Larchmont Dental Associates treat patients for endodontic issues. A root canal is needed when the tissue inside the root chamber or canal is infected and inflamed like trauma that breaks a tooth and exposes the dental nerve, clenching or grinding, increased load on the tooth due to other missing teeth, trauma that dislodges or moves a tooth, and deep decay that grows next to or into the dental nerve area and cracks and chips. If left in this state, the patient will be in a great deal of pain and eventually end up having a dental abscess.

Los Angeles Root Canal

Los Angeles Root Canal

  • What should you know?

Los Angeles Root Canal helps repair and save your natural teeth. When a tooth loses its vitality it’s important to save the tooth by doing a Los Angeles Root Canal – Treatment relieves unsightly symptoms like pain, extreme sensitivity to hot or cold liquids, foods and waking up in pain during the night. It will also relieve pressure, bleeding and abscesses growing next to the tooth due to infection.  Symptoms to look for include continual sensitivity to heat and cold, pain, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness to chewing and touch, tenderness in the lymph nodes and nearby gum and tissue pain.  

  • What should you expect?

Usually endodontic treatments are done in two visits. First the Los Angeles Root Canal Specialist will check the tooth by taking x-rays and testing the tooth with various tests that determine if you need a root canal. If the test confirms the need for a root canal treatment, the Larchmont Dentist will administer a local anesthetic making sure the patient is comfortable. There should be no pain during the procedure what so ever and once the nerve is removed the pain will stop unless a large infection is present. The Los Angeles Root Canal Specialist will apply a protective sheet called a “dental dam” over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it free of saliva and contaminates. 

Second, the Los Angeles Root Canal makes an opening in the crown of the tooth and goes in with small instruments and microscopes that are designed to clean and shape the canals and remove the pump from the chamber and canals in order to accommodate the filling material after.  A series of x-rays will be taken throughout the procedure to make sure the files are reaching the end of the tooth and all the canals are being adequately cleaned and shaped.

Thirdly, after the canals are shaped, cleaned and made wider, the Larchmont Dentist fills the root canals with a medicated filling material called gutta-percha to seal the canals.  The Larchmont Dentist may place a temporary filling to seal the opening of the tooth until the second appointment and may prescribe antibiotics to help kill the infection. Sometimes a dental post may also be needed to further reinforce the tooth and make it possible to place a crown on top of the tooth if tooth structure is lacking. A post is placed in the canals to provide an anchor for the tooth to be built up with a permanent filling. When you return for the final visit, Dr. Michael A. Kezian DDS and his staff at the Larchmont Dental Associates will place a restoration on the tooth to restore and protect the tooth to its full functioning state.

Larchmont Dentist

Larchmont Dental Associates – 581 N. Larchmont Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90004 (323) 465-2127 –   www.larchmontdentists.com