What Are The Steps Involved in Root Canal Treatment?

What Are The Steps Involved in Root Canal Treatment? | Pasadena CA

A root canal is a treatment that is done to remove the infected tissue and bacteria so that you are relieved from the severe pain. The main purpose of Root Canals in Pasadena is to save the tooth that is badly infected. With modern technology and techniques, the root canal has evolved into a comfortable treatment that requires one or two dental visits to our Endodontist in Pasadena. Before jumping into the steps of root canal let us first understand what is a root canal and when it is needed.

What Is A Root Canal?

A root canal is a treatment that is designed to repair and save a tooth that is badly infected and decayed. During a procedure, the nerve and pulp which lie within the root canal are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

When Root Canal is Needed?

A Root Canal treatment in Pasadena is recommended when there is an infection deep within the tooth. This infection occurs due to some injury or untreated cavity. Without Endodontic treatment, the infection can become severe enough and the tooth has to be removed. That's the reason our Endodontist in Pasadena recommends Root Canal treatment.

Steps Involved in Root Canals Treatment:

Five steps are involved in a Root Canal Treatment in Pasadena and are performed in one or two dental visits. The steps involved are:

  1. Our Pasadena Endodontist examines the infected tooth by taking a radiograph (X-Rays). Then, local anesthesia is used to numb the infected tooth. After the tooth is numb, our endodontist places a small protective sheet known as Dental Dam to isolate the tooth and keep it clean during the procedure.
  2. An opening is made in the crown of the tooth. A small instrument is used to clean the root canals and pulp from the pulp chambers and shape the space for filling.
  3. Once space is cleaned and shaped, our Pasadena Endodontist fills the root canals with a biocompatible material known as gutta-percha. This gutta-percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canal.
  4. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening of the tooth. These temporary filling will be removed by our Endodontist before the tooth is restored.
  5. After a few weeks, our Endodontist Pasadena places a permanent crown on the top of the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. Depending on the condition of the tooth, our Endodontist may place a small supporting post inside the root to make the crown more stable.

After the Root Canal Procedure

After a Root Canal Treatment, taking good care of your teeth and gums is a must. You need to schedule an additional visit with our Pasadena Endodontist to X-ray the treated tooth and make sure all the signs of the infection are gone. Also, make sure to visit a dental cleaning and exam twice a year. It's important to have a good oral care routine like brushing twice a day and flossing once daily. With proper care and attention, a tooth treated with a root canal can stay healthy for the rest of your life.

If you need Root Canals Treatment in Pasadena you can count on Cal Dental Group of Pasadena to give you the care you need. Call us at (626) 584-1800 to schedule an appointment today!

Most Frequently Asked Questions about Root Canals/Endodontist Treatment in Pasadena

Five steps are involved in a Root Canal Treatment in Pasadena and are performed in one or two dental visits. The steps involved are:

  1. Radiography of the tooth using x-rays is taken to examines the condition of the tooth.
  2. Then local anesthesia is given to the infected tooth to numb and a protective sheet called a “dental dam” is isolated around the tooth to keep it clean during the procedure.
  3. An opening is made in the crown of the tooth and a small instrument is used to clean the pulp chamber and root canals and shape it for filling.
  4. After the cleaning is done, biocompatible material called gutta-percha is used to fill the root canals. Later the gutta-percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure that the root canal is completely sealed.
  5. At the final visit of root canal treatment, a crown is placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.

If the tooth lacks to hold the restoration in place, a post is placed inside the tooth to hold it. For more details ask our Endodontist in Pasadena about the specific restoration plan for your tooth.

Two appointments are required for a Root Canal in Pasadena. The first appointment works on fixing the pain you have. Once the pain gets completed the next appointment will be to treat the root canal. When the root canal works get completed you might need an extra appointment to place a crown for the tooth.

A Root Canals might get Retreated if the previous treatment doesn't heal properly or infection is evident. Our Endodontist in Pasadena has a very high rate of success in Root Canal treatment and provide insight into potential causes and how they may be corrected. A root canal retreatment may be the best option to preserve your tooth.

There are 5 signs that indicate that you need a root canal treatment.

  1. Persistent Pain
  2. Swollen Gums
  3. Sensitivity to Heat and Cold
  4. Chipped or Cracked Tooth
  5. Tooth Discoloration

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