Root Canal Treatment
Your tooth is made of several different parts. The enamel is the outer layer of the tooth and is the hardest tissue in the human body. Dentin is the layer immediately below the enamel. It is softer and contains millions of tubes that lead to the innermost structure of the tooth, or the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerve tissues and is located in the root canals. If decay or damage is able to penetrate the enamel and dentin of the tooth, our Westlake Village root canal treatment expert may recommend a root canal treatment to preserve the function and health of the tooth.
A root canal treatment is designed to remove the diseased tissue inside the root canals. Our expert in root canal treatment in Westlake Village will begin by numbing the entire area in which we will be working. Dental X-rays and other images may be taken to identify the roots and plan the treatment. Nitrous oxide or other sedation may be offered if you are particularly nervous or uncomfortable. A small access point will be opened in the tooth so that the diseased pulp can be removed. After the pulp has been removed, the root canals will be carefully cleaned out, and a special medication will be placed to help the tooth heal. A temporary filling will be used to protect the tooth.
Root Canal Treatment Westlake Village
Our Westlake Village root canal treatment expert may prescribe antibiotics to reduce the infection. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, may help reduce any post-treatment inflammation and any discomfort. If the infection was severe, you may need to have more than one appointment to restore the health of your tooth and your smile.
Once the root canal treatment is done, our expert in root canal treatment in Westlake Village will permanently restore the tooth. In some cases, a dental filling may be used. However, because teeth can become more fragile after a root canal treatment, a porcelain crown may offer better support and protection for the tooth.
Contact our Westlake Village dentist today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.