Root Canal Therapy in Huntington Beach
A long-lasting and healthy smile is always obtainable, but not always possible. Whether it’s tooth decay, trauma or heredity that takes a toll on the health of your teeth, it’s very possible for the functionality of your teeth to decline over time.
If you have one or more teeth that have begun to suffer, your best option is to visit your dentist. Dr. Nguyen can help you determine the right method of treatment for your circumstances.
A common procedure for damaged and decayed tooth is a root canal, which serves as a conservative measure for restoring your teeth to a healthy state.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canals have come a long way in terms of efficacy and downtime. No longer do they adhere to rumors of pain and invasiveness. Instead, they can be completed in hour as an outpatient procedure.
A root canal is designed to eliminate the decay that has built up within your tooth. White enamel is the hard first layer of the tooth structure. Underneath are layers of dentin and nerves, which supply the tooth with the blood it needs to function.
The roots of your teeth are filled with a substance called pulp, and when the pulp of your teeth becomes infected, in can cause pain, discoloration of the tooth and swelling. Root canal therapy serves to eliminate the infected pulp and replace it with a composite resin, effectively restoring the tooth.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
A root canal starts by creating a hole in the tooth’s crown, which allows the dentist to gain access to the infection. The infected pulp will be removed from the tooth and the roots of your teeth cleaned. Your dentist will then fill the roots with a resin material and finish the treatment by placing either a filling or crown.
Is a Root Canal Right for You?
Determining whether a root canal is right for you is a matter of scheduling an appointment with Dr. Nguyen who, through an examination, can assess the extent of the damage and recommend the right treatment option. It’s not uncommon for your dentist to also consider a tooth extraction as opposed to a root canal, but this is usually a last resort. Keeping as much as your natural tooth as possible is one of the main goals of root canal therapy.
Call today for More Information!
If you would like to learn more about root canals, or to find out whether a root canal is right for you, contact Noleen Dental in Huntington Beach and schedule a consultation today!
You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.