If you have severe dental issues, such as extreme toothaches, increased sensitivity, and tenderness in your gums, there’s a strong chance that you need a root canal. You may need root canals to treat deep cavities or if you’ve sustained a severe dental injury that exposes your teeth to bacteria. Dr. Rajpal doesn’t perform root canals, but she can examine your oral anatomy and refer you to a reliable endodontist if necessary. Please schedule a consultation to determine if you need a root canal in Beverly Hills.
What is a Root Canal?
The root canal is the innermost part of the dental anatomy, located beneath the enamel and the dentin. The root canal contains the pulp tissues, nerve endings, blood vessels, and all other essential components of the teeth. When your root canal is exposed to bacteria or infected, the dentist performs root canal therapy to restore optimal dental health. The root canal procedure essentially involves emptying the contents of the root canal, including the infected pulp tissues and nerves, to prevent the infection from spreading.
When Do You Need a Root Canal?
You may need a root canal if you have severe dental cavities or fractures. Most cavities start at the enamel of the teeth, but they continue spreading deeper inside. If you don’t identify and treat cavities at an early stage, the bacterial infection will eventually reach the root canal and infect the pulp tissues. When that happens, root canal therapy becomes essential — the last resort option to protect your tooth from complete decay. If you still don’t undergo a root canal, your infected tooth may have to be removed.
Signs Indicating You Need a Root Canal:
- Persistent toothaches
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Darkening of the infected tooth
- Gum swelling and tenderness
- Bleeding gums
- Pain when you touch the tooth
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Loosening tooth
The Root Canal Procedure
If you have severe cavities or signs of dental problems, Dr. Rajpal will use cutting-edge diagnostic technologies, such as a CT scan, to visualize the root canal of your tooth. If you need a root canal, she will refer you to a reliable endodontist for the procedure. The primary goal of the root canal is to remove the tooth’s infected pulp tissues and nerves, following which the root canal is disinfected and filled with gutta-percha. After the root canal, you may need a dental crown to protect the weakened tooth from damage.
Same-Day Dental Crowns After Root Canals
Dr. Rajpal provides highly personalized and natural-looking porcelain crowns to support and strengthen your teeth after a root canal. The root canal procedure saves your tooth, but it also leaves your tooth in a weakened state. Dr. Rajpal attaches a porcelain crown to the affected tooth to restore its structural integrity, thereby minimizing the risk of dental cracks or fractures. The porcelain crowns are designed and customized according to the shape of your natural teeth, so the final results look completely natural.
Schedule a Consultation
Beverly Hills Dental Arts is a luxurious dental practice specializing in general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Rajpal specializes in a wide range of advanced dental procedures to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. If you’ve recently undergone a root canal, she can also provide same-day porcelain crowns to protect your weakened tooth and restore optimal structural integrity. Please schedule an appointment to determine if you’re a candidate for a root canal in Beverly Hills.
465 N. Roxbury Dr, Suite 701
Beverly Hills CA 90210