Root Canals

A Briter Smile

Cosmetic Dentistry & Oral Surgeon located in Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA

When a root canal procedure is necessary, you’ll want to know you’re in good hands and that your dental health is protected. Fortunately, knowledgeable dentist Ali Khosrovani, DDS, has extensive experience providing root canals and helping to reduce any anxiety and discomfort at A Briter Smile in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Khosrovani is exceptionally well-trained to perform root canals and does so on a routine basis. If you have concerns or questions about a root canal procedure, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure designed to relieve pain and save your tooth. If your tooth gets critically infected from the inside, Dr. Khosrovani works quickly and diligently to remove the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue to save your tooth and ease your pain.

What causes the tooth to become infected?

Your tooth roots and your gum tissue can become infected with bacteria for several reasons, such as:

  • Damage to the tooth
  • A cavity that goes untreated
  • Poor dental hygiene and poor nutrition

If you don’t visit A Briter Smile for treatment, an infection can spread into the pulp or root of your tooth. If the infection develops further, it can lead to many other complications.

What are the signs of an infected tooth?

If you have an infected tooth, you might experience:

  • Acute tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness
  • Pus around the tooth
  • Painful throbbing in your jaw or mouth
  • A small bump on your gum

You might also notice that your teeth have darkened in color.

What is the procedure for a root canal?

The specifics of your root canal procedure vary depending on your individual needs and dental health. Dr. Khosrovani can typically fix your tooth in just one or two visits. You might need convenient in-office X-rays first, so Dr. Khosrovani can assess the degree of damage to the tooth requiring a root canal.

Dr. Khosrovani carefully uses a syringe to administer local anesthetic and numb the area. Occasionally during the procedure, he might set a little piece of rubber or a dental dam on your tooth to protect it from bacteria and preserve its cleanliness. Once your tooth is numb, Dr. Khosrovani makes a tiny incision in your tooth to treat the infected area in the root.

Dr. Khosrovani removes the damaged and unhealthy pulp with small files before spraying the area with water to get rid of the debris. After extracting all of the damaged substance, Dr. Khosrovani either places a temporary filling on your tooth or seals it for protection until you return for your permanent crown.

If you notice any signs of a possible infection, protect your teeth and act quickly, and call A Briter Smile or schedule an appointment online today.