The Artistic Center for Dentistry
General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Santa Monica, CA
At The Artistic Center for Dentistry in Santa Monica, California, Sanaz Khoubnazar, DMD, provides comprehensive dental care to meet all of your oral health needs, including endodontics. If you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, you may have an infection in the center of your tooth that requires expert endodontic management and care to prevent further complications. For the management of all your dental needs, including treatment that may require specialized tooth care, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Endodontics Q & A
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is an area of dental care focused on the management of the inside of your teeth, including the pulp and nerves. Dr. Khoubnazar is a dental expert who provides endodontic care at The Artistic Center for Dentistry.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that removes decay and damage in the central portion of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp is where tooth nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth are found.
Sometimes, deep decay or trauma can damage this area of the tooth to an extent that a simple filling is not enough to perform a good repair. Root canal uses special techniques and materials to address these deep issues and help preserve the natural tooth.
How are root canals performed?
Root canals are performed in much the same way as a traditional drilling before a cavity is filled, but Dr. Khoubnazar uses special tools to reach deeper into the tooth since there is more extensive damage. Once the decay or damaged area is removed, the canal is filled and sealed. Sometimes, an onlay or crown will be placed over the tooth to provide additional protection.
Is a root canal better than an extraction?
Yes, it's almost always a better choice to preserve a natural tooth whenever possible to avoid other potentially serious issues, including additional tooth loss, that can occur once a tooth is extracted.
Will I have a lot of pain afterward?
Dr. Khoubnazar uses the most advanced techniques and analgesics to minimize discomfort both during and after your root canal procedure. In fact, many patients find they have little to no discomfort, and any discomfort that is experienced can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications.
Will I need a crown or cap?
Sometimes when damage is very extensive, a crown may be needed to ensure the tooth remains strong. Also, once the pulp is removed, a tooth may turn grayish in color, and a crown can be used to help it look healthy and natural. Dr. Khoubnazar can determine if a crown would be a good choice for you during your office evaluation.
For compassionate management of all your dental needs, including endodontic care, call The Artistic Center for Dentistry or book an appointment online today.