Has your dentist recently told you that you need endodontic treatment, better known as a “root canal”? If so, you are one of more than 14 million individuals who will have endodontic treatment this year. Endodontists are recognized by the American Dental Association as the “root canal specialists”. They are dentists with additional years of specialty training in the most complex endodontic procedures, allowing them to use the latest technology to help their patients maintain their natural teeth for years to come. Additionally, they have training in the diagnosis of painful tooth and jaw conditions.
In essence, seeing an endodontist is critical so that the root canal can be completed by the most qualified professional at your disposal, with the aim being to avoid the need for any later retreatment. Endodontists routinely perform routine as well as difficult and complex procedures and surgeries. As a matter of fact, using an endodontist for your root canal treatment can ensure that even the most severely compromised tooth can be saved – a point not to be dismissed since nothing feels, looks, or even functions like your natural tooth.
If you are in need of endodontic treatment, we can provide answers to all of your questions and concerns. Our friendly staff is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve in making your experience a pleasant one.
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed each year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and even prevent the need for dental implants or bridges. A root canal is necessary when the nerve of the tooth is infected or traumatized. Your endodontist at OC Dental Specialties of Laguna Hills will remove the infection and carefully clean and shape the nerve canals inside of your tooth, and then will fill and seal the space. During a later visit, your general dentist will place a crown or other restoration on the affected tooth as a form of protection and restoration of the tooth. Read More>>
In most situations, proper care of your teeth that have had endodontic treatment will allow them to last as long as your natural teeth. However, in certain situations, a tooth that has been treated may not heal or the individual may continue to feel pain, or the pain may even re-appear months or years after treatment. In such instances, endodontic retreatment may be necessary. Read More>>
Endodontic microsurgery is the fusion of the magnification, illumination, and visualization provided by cutting-edge tools – such as the dental operating microscope and new micro instruments – with the time-tested surgical techniques used during most oral surgery procedures. It is utilized as an alternative to, or in conjunction with, endodontic retreatment, addressing issues such as recurring pain or a non-healing infection following a root canal procedure. Endodontic microsurgery is performed with such precision that it virtually removes the assumptions inherent in traditional endodontic surgery, allowing for better, quicker healing with less postoperative discomfort. Read More>>
Cracked teeth result in a number of symptoms, such as pain when chewing or long-standing sensitivity to cold or hot. Since the pain is not consistent, it is difficult to diagnose the cause of discomfort for most patients. There are various types of cracked teeth, all of which can lead to infection of the nerve – an infection that will often also spread to the bone and gum surrounding the problematic tooth. Read More >>
There are three major types of traumatic injuries to teeth: fracture, dislodging (or shifting), and avulsion. If an injury to your mouth has caused your tooth to either be pushed laterally or upward into its socket, or to be pulled partially out of its socket, your endodontist may reposition and stabilize it prior to performing the necessary root canal. Likewise, if your tooth has been fractured and you are experiencing significant sensitivity, your endodontist can initiate the next step of treatment, which will often include a root canal procedure. If an injury has caused your tooth to be completely knocked out of your mouth, it is crucial to either rinse the tooth with saline and replace it in its socket, or to keep it moist in milk or saliva (NO water!) and get immediate treatment in order to save the tooth. Read More >>
Internal bleaching is used to lighten a discolored tooth that has previously had root canal therapy. If there is no use of a rubber dam during your initial root canal, bacteria, blood and saliva components can enter your canal and crown during treatment, leading to a dark discoloration of your tooth. The internal bleaching process attempts to remove the discoloration without sacrificing any of the hard tooth substance, by inserting a gel into the interior of the tooth.
In the past, when the nerves of younger patients’ teeth became infected, most endodontists were forced to resort to apexification, a procedure that prevents root tips from continuing to develop and thereby leaves teeth more vulnerable to fractures. However, in certain cases, a new alternative procedure, termed regenerative endodontics, can allow your endodontist to revive or regenerate your previously-infected tooth’s natural tissue so that the root can continue growing.
You can contact us for more information regarding the various endodontic services we provide. Please call us today at 949-597-0020 to schedule a consultation and have all your questions and concerns addressed.
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