Root Canal

Root Canal TreatmentsWhen many hear the words root canal, pain comes to mind.  When we hear root canal, our thoughts shift to saving a tooth.  At Topanga Dental, Dr. Maria Saguin can save a diseased tooth with a root canal procedure and do it painlessly.  Like many other dental offices, root canals make up a considerable amount of our treatments.  However, our team specializes in painless treatments that are the product of the most innovative technologies in modern dentistry.  Our office is equipped with a full range of top tier dental tools that enable us to handle all types of root canal and related procedures.

Topanga Root Canals

The right tools often make all the difference in dental procedures.  Consequently, when you arrive at our office you’ll notice some of the tools we utilize to raise the bar of root canal treatments.

Computerized Digital Radiography

This advancement in x-ray tech does not use film, which considerably reduces patient exposure to radiation and protects dental practitioners from film chemicals.  Additionally, these digital files are easily archived, enlarged, printed, and can be forwarded to doctors if required.

Electronic Apex Locators

The length of teeth varies.  Electronic apex locators provide dentists with the exact length of a tooth, which decrease the number of x-rays needed before a root canal.  This tool saves the dentist time and reduces patient costs.

Sonic and Ultrasonic Instrument

During the root canal procedure, it is necessary to clean the tiny canals at the base of the tooth thoroughly.  These instruments use sonic and ultrasonic energy to meticulously rid the root canals of harmful bacteria and microorganisms.

Surgical Operating Microscope

Increased illumination and magnification are the two most impressive benefits of this new technology.  Surgical microscope allows the practitioner to better visualize and treat the intricacies of the root canal system, therefore achieving more success in their treatments.

What To Expect

After your initial dental examination, a root canal procedure begins with preparing the mouth and area of the dental work.  To ensure that the process is pain-free, our dentists will provide you with anesthesia to numb the site.  After that, a tiny hole is made right at the top of the tooth so that the dentist can access the canal below it.

The opening allows us to access any dead materials or infection that may be present inside the tooth so it can be removed easily. Merely removing the infection is not enough. It is critical to ensure that the infection doesn’t reoccur. Therefore, we use special tools and methods to completely sterilize the canal.

Finally, the canal and the pulp that was removed are finally replaced with a biocompatible agent that helps strengthen the tooth. The crown is placed top of the tooth and the channel is closed.

On completion of the process, your teeth may feel a little sore over a few days, but painkiller should help you get over it and any discomfort will subside in a couple of days.