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Root Canal Therapy in Irvine, CA

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Root Canal Therapy Is Easier Than You Think

Great news! Serene Dental Center is now providing root canal therapy in Irvine. With our board-certified Endodontist, Dr. Kasravi, you can be certain that your oral health is in good hands!

Root canals can be the lifeline your teeth needs to survive, watch this video for a better a understanding  of how root canal treatment works.

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Why Root Canal Therapy Might Be Needed:

  • Tooth has a very large cavity or decay that has reached the pulp Chamber(nerve and blood supply)
  • Tooth pain to hot and cold that lingers for more than 7-10 seconds
  • Pain when chewing/biting down or pushing down on the tooth
  • infection in the bone under the tooth caused by slow moving cavity/decay inside the tooth.
  • A tooth that does not respond to hot or cold and is necrotic.

When Root Canal Therapy is the Solution:

Inside each one of your teeth is a chamber-like space containing nerves and the blood supply for your tooth. When the chamber becomes infected, the “pulp tissue” inside it must be removed from the center of the tooth, and the canals of each root. Once infected pulp is removed, the chamber is filled with a rubber-based material to seal it off.

A root canal is a treatment option used to save or repair a tooth that is infected, decayed, or necrotic.  Root canals allow for the patient to save their tooth rather than having it pulled.  

Why is the Tooth Pulp Removed?

When the pulp or nerve tissue of the tooth is damaged, it will break down, and the bacteria will start to multiply in the pulp chamber. The bacteria and the decayed debris will then cause an infection. An abscess will also form. For those who don’t know about abscess, this is a pocket filled with pus, and it will form at the end of the teeth’s roots. The abscess will form when the infection has spread past the ends of the teeth’s roots. When the root canal of the teeth has been infected, it will cause:

  • Bone loss at the tip of your teeth’s roots
  • Swelling that’ll spread to different areas of the neck, head, or face
  • Drainage issues that will extend beyond the teeth’s roots. A hole can appear through the teeth’s side with drainage to the gums or through the cheek.
  • Sharp pain as you bite or chew
  • Tooth sensitivity that’ll linger especially to cold or heat
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Pimples on the gums
  • Darkened gums or deep decay
  • Painful or swollen gums

Root Canal Procedure

An endodontist will perform the root canal. The endodontist has specialized in the diagnosis, causes, treatment, and prevention of ailments and injuries of the nerves of the teeth or dental pulp. 

The procedure will comprise of the following steps:

Root Canal X-ray

The dentist will perform an X-ray that will help check the shape of the root canal while also determining whether there is an infection present in the surrounding bone.

The endodontist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. If the nerves are dead, there is no need to administer anesthesia; nonetheless, most endodontists will administer anesthesia to ensure you’ll feel more relaxed during the procedure.

Tooth Preparation

A rubber dam will be placed in your mouth to ensure the area where the surgery is being performed will be free of saliva, and it’ll be dry throughout the procedure.

Root Canal Procedure

The endodontist will access the nerve of the tooth.

The bacteria, pulp, and nerve tissue that is decayed will be removed. The area will then be cleaned, and root canal files will be performed. They’ll be placed into the access hole. As the work is carried out, antibacterial agents are used to help flush out the debris.

The canals are shaped to ensure no debris/bacteria are left or can be accessed in the future. The canals are then filled with a biocompatible material to seal them off.

In circumstances where an infection is large, it will require multiple appointments to finish the root canal, as medication will be placed inside the tooth to ensure proper healing.

Once a root canal is finished, the tooth will need to be built up to its proper anatomy and a crown will ensure the tooth’s longevity.

Serene Dental Root Canals in Irvine Ca

Once the root canal procedure is completed, the tooth must be protected with a crown. Teeth that have undergone this procedure are more susceptible to fracture, which is why the crown is added as protection.

Our Endodontist

Dr. Kasravi’s approach to root canal therapy starts with listening to her patients. As the Endodontist Irvine trusts, she has earned enormous respect from her peers. After graduating from the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry, she practiced general dentistry for a few years. After, she completed her residency at Case Western Reserve University, earning a specialty degree in endodontics and a master’s degree in surgical dentistry.

Dr. Kasravi’s favorite part of endodontics procedures is when her patients express relief - most expect the worst and discover that the procedure was not as anticipated. She will always discuss your diagnosis, options, and overview of root canal therapy to make sure that your experience is as comfortable as possible.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Root Canal Treatment

Advantages of Root Canal Therapy:

Rather than removing the tooth, it can be saved through Root Canal Therapy. Instead of having a missing tooth or a false tooth installed, you can keep your natural teeth.

Disadvantages of Root Canal Therapy:

Root Canal Therapy is the most effective rescue for an infected tooth. However, the procedure can be difficult. If any of the infection remains following removal, the procedure may need to be reversed and redone to reach the infection underneath.

Other Options:

The only alternative is to remove the infected tooth. When removing the tooth, a dental bridge will be needed to fill the empty space and prevent the shifting of surrounding teeth. However, this solution ultimately costs more than the root canal therapy, and without the root canal therapy, your teeth will never look the same. Other alternative is to remove the tooth and consider a dental implant, a bridge, a removal tooth or to leave the space empty.

Root Canal Frequently Asked Questions

Are root canals painful?

A root canal is not supposed to be painful. In fact, it is intended to relieve chronic tooth pain caused by a bacterial infection. Thanks to advances in dental technology, the infected tissue removal is not painful. Our experts are trained to minimize discomfort and make the experience easy and comfortable.

Can root canals lead to illness?

It is a myth that a root canal can cause serious and deadly diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig ’s disease (ALS), lupus and certain types of cancer. There is no evidence to suggest a link between root canal therapy and any life-threatening disease. On the contrary, a root canal will prevent further illness caused by infections and oral disease.

What is recovering from a root canal like?

After the root canal procedure, patients may feel a little groggy and sensitive. This feeling will subside significantly within the first 24-48 hours. Any sensitivity to cold air will be gone after your visit. Nevertheless, patients may experience very mild pressure a few days after they have had their procedure. Usually this feeling is manageable, but patients can take over-the-counter pain relief medicine such as ibuprofen or aspirin to help the inflammation.

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