Getting a Root Canal in Los Angles

Root canal therapy or endodontic treatment is a treatment for teeth damaged by a large cavity. Dentists suggest root canal therapy if the pulp inside the root canal becomes inflamed and infected. If your tooth is infected, a root canal dentist in Los Angeles will recommend you to go for root canal therapy.  Poorly infected tooth or the one which is likely to be infected was destined to be removed long ago but nowadays general dentists and endodontist adopt a methodology to recover the infected teeth which are known as root canal therapy. The availability of the new cutting-edge dental equipment, actually the miracles of engineering, has made dentist able to recover and save the teeth which in the past were evicted to relieve the pain.

Symptoms of the Root Canal Therapy:

If you are uncertain that you would be the candidate for a root canal or not then there are few things to consider.

  • While biting there could be a sudden pain, either the pain is persistent or it occurs at interval you must be concerned
  • Feel sensitivity to the hot and cold beverages and food items
  • The decay has been widened with passage of time and the teeth have been infected, affecting the bones in surrounding

How is the root canal treatment carried?

If you observe any of the symptoms then you must consult root canal dentist immediately. Depending on the severity of the emergency you will be directed by our dentist. While before coming to the dentist if you feel severe pain or sensitivity you can use some tips at home as well. Placing an icepack or rinsing your teeth will help you in alleviating the pain, but these will be for a temporary purpose and you must make an appointment as soon as possible.

 If you are wondering how the root canal therapy is carried out, here is the step by step procedure:

  • The first thing our root canal dentist in Los Angeles will do is the diagnosis of your teeth once you have revealed that you are having symptoms mentioned above. After diagnosis, the first thing will be the X-ray taking phase in which the dentist will examine the severity of the issue and locate the infection and decay.
  • You will be given a local anesthetic.
  • The infected and inflamed tissue will be withdrawn that lies inside the root of the tooth. The infected pulp tissue subsequently causes an abscess.
  • Once the length of the root canal is ascertained,  the infected pulp will be removed
  • The canal where the nerve is positioned will be redesigned and make ready for filling the special root canal filling material on the same visit, however until your next visit the filling action certainly will not be possible.
  • The last step of the Root Canal Therapy will be the filling of the root canal with a permanent material; normally this is done with a material known as gutta-percha. This filling purpose is for the sake of future contamination and infection in the canal of the teeth.


The number of visits depends on several factors, for example, the number of nerve supplies to the tooth, the condition of the tissues which are affected and the complications of the procedure.  After the completion of the filling procedure, the tooth will surely need a crown, core, and post, in order to restore its original condition and firmness regarding the functioning. However, this planning depends upon many supplementary factors.  The root canal treatment is painless if it is treated early. The administration of local anesthetic numbs the tooth and its surrounding and makes the whole procedure painless.

Myth about root canal therapy

The myth prevails in the society about the root canal therapy that after the treatment the tooth becomes dead and it does not receive any signal from the brain, consequently, it becomes senseless. Here are few questions and their answers which will help you in understanding the myths.

Is root canal painful?

No. The first thing in the mind comes when one thinks of root canal treatment is the pain. But it is the fact that pain is not due to the treatment but due to the infection of the root tissues of the teeth and the ultimate aim of the treatment is to relieve the pain, during treatment you wouldn’t feel any pain at all. An anesthetic will be given which will numb the teeth for the treatment hours and you wouldn’t feel any pain.

Will the treated tooth be extracted?

The answer is again no. The Los Angeles root canal treatment is done to keep the tooth erected in its place and there is no need of eviction. The tooth extraction was done in past because of unavailability of the treatment options.

Do I need to go to the dentist after treatment?

Yes. Once your treatment has been done the hole which was pierced and filled permanently is covered with temporary filling or crown on top of the teeth to seal its opening.  You will be required to return to the root canal dentist and the temporary crown will be removed and a permanent filling will be applied.

If I don’t feel the pain, Am I a candidate for root canal treatment?

As mentioned above feeling pain is an indication that you must go for root canal treatment but in some cases even if you don’t feel any pain there could be other reasons that you must give it a shot. If there are other issues which can lead to the pulp infection, your dentist will be the one to tell you. If you observe a pimple near a damaged tooth it is a red signal and you must schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately.

Postoperative Care

After root canal treatment sometimes feels a pain, this is because of the bone all around the tooth and the pain may vary from the gentle to a considerable pain in the surrounding area. You don’t need to be concerned about the sensitivity or the pain; it occurs in beginning days and would eventually disappear. If the pain or sensitiveness persist and irritates you must contact Los Angeles root canal dentist immediately. Following are few tips which can help you in keeping risk free.

  • You must try to avoid the teeth from biting on food in beginning days, for few days at least, this will help the teeth in settling the issues and you will be free from the pain.
  • Keeping your head raised while laying down and using extra pillows while laying down will help you in early recovery
  • Restraining from any arduous activity in beginning days will help in early soothing as well
  • If the gums swell, in some cases, this happen not necessarily in all cases, you can rinse with  solution of warm water and salt
  • If the swelling of cheeks don’t go away placing ice pack with interval will help

If any antibiotic has been prescribed by the dentists try to act according to the directions of the dentist. If you face any problem regarding the medication you must contact us immediately.

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