Breaking down common misconceptions about root canals
Dr. Travis Lee at Ocean Breeze Dental Care in Los Angeles uses advanced endodontics technologies, procedures and materials to save natural teeth. In his 20+ experience, nothing functions, feels or looks like your natural tooth. Root canals treatment is a virtually painless restorative dental procedure that treats inflamed or infected pulp - the soft tissues inside the root canals which contain nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues - and often leaves patients feeling less discomfort during recovery than tooth extraction. According to the AAE, patients who experience root canals are six times more likely to describe it as painless than patients who have a tooth extracted!
Some patients think it’s easier or more cost effective to get a tooth pulled vs root canals. This is a misconception as missing teeth can cause remaining teeth to shift, affecting your ability to properly chew, speak and ruin your smile. Extracting and then replacing an extracted tooth with an artificial one requires additional time, cost and pain in the long run. There are circumstances in which a tooth cannot be saved because the root is severely fractured, the tooth has inadequate bone support or the root canals are not accessible. However, advancements in endodontics make it possible for most teeth to be treated and restored.
Injury due to trauma to the face, deep decay, a crack or chip in the tooth that is left untreated are some of the reasons for the pulp to become inflamed, irritated and infected. Bacteria and decaying materials can cause a serious infection or a tooth abscess if left untreated. If you are experiencing toothache or tooth pain, sensitivity to temperature, a hole in your mouth or swelling around your face and neck, we recommend consulting a dentist for treatment. Please contact the knowledgeable & compassionate dental professionals serving Los Angeles, CA 90025 community to learn more about options to treat and restore the function, feel and appearance of your teeth.