Gentle Dentistry for Strong Teeth
At some point in their lives, many individuals will find it necessary to have a root canal to restore their oral health. Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi, DDS, utilizes the most advanced techniques to ensure your comfort during this procedure while crafting durable and beautiful results.
At our practice in West Hollywood root canal therapy addresses tooth decay that has progressed past the point of a cavity, reaching the root of the tooth, where it affects the nerve. The procedure removes decay and bacteria to save the existing tooth’s structure, which is then augmented with a crown to restore the tooth’s function and cosmetic appearance. Our compassionate, professional team works with you to ensure comfort, peace of mind, and top-tier results from your root canal treatment, helping you move forward with your most vibrant, confident smile.
Every tooth is composed of the outer layer of the crown, called enamel, the middle layer, called dentin, and the inside layer, called the pulp. This innermost pulp layer contains the nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth. Usually, decay of the tooth structure starts at the level of enamel, and as it progresses closer to the nerve of the tooth, the chance of the patient having pain increases. At this point, patients start feeling some sensitivity to cold, heat, and sometimes sweets, which does not last for too long and goes away in a few minutes or less than an hour. When the cavity (decay) gets exposed to the nerve of the tooth, most of the time, it creates excruciating pain, which is referred to as root canal pain. At this point in time, root canal treatment is needed.
In general, a root canal is a procedure that involves the removal of decay from the tooth, removal of bacteria and dead cells from the tooth, opening the nerve from the top, cleaning inside of the roots completely and very accurately to the tip of the roots, and also filling the empty space that was occupied by the nerve and vessels with a biocompatible material so no more bacteria can get into the roots and tooth from above or underneath.
Sometimes the nerve inside the tooth dies due to trauma from excessive bite forces, physical trauma, a chemical burn from excessive bleaching or another chemical, or due to age. The body’s response in order to dissolve the dead nerve cells is for white blood cells to attack the dead cells inside the root and create an inflammation, which can eventually cause an infection or turn into a cyst on the tip of the roots.
This so-called cyst can affect the surrounding tissue, including the other teeth, the sinuses, the bone, and the nerves inside your jaw and in the gum tissue. Sometimes, the pus from the infection gets drained into the mouth cavity and causes a bad taste or even could turn into an abscess and eventually find its way into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in other organs of your body. A root canal must be performed to remove the infection.
Since most of the tooth had been lost due to a large amount of decay, the tooth structure becomes more brittle and is more prone to breaking. That is why most of the time, after a root canal is performed, the tooth needs to be restored with a full-coverage crown to ensure that the remaining tooth structure is protected.
When decay and infection have progressed to the point of affecting the root of the tooth, the necessary next step to save the tooth is a root canal. Here are some key benefits of the root canal procedure:
By removing the infected tissue and cleaning the root canals, the source of pain is eliminated.
Instead of extracting the tooth, a root canal allows you to preserve your natural tooth.
The infected or damaged pulp is removed, preventing the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and tissues.
After a root canal, the tooth is typically restored with a crown or filling, allowing you to chew and speak comfortably.
The crown placed on the tooth after a root canal can enhance its appearance, improving the overall aesthetics of your smile.
A well-performed root canal can provide a long-lasting solution, allowing you to retain the tooth for many years with proper care.
These symptoms could be signs that you need a root canal.
If any of the above symptoms sound familiar, it is important to take the next step toward finding a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist who can assist in getting you pain-free. Call Beverly Hills root canal dentist Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi at (310) 562-4746 and schedule your consultation.
He will learn about your symptoms and conduct a gentle examination in order to determine if your oral health is at risk. He can then create a treatment plan to restore the health, function, and cosmetic appearance of your tooth. Dr. Borzoo will take the time to answer all of your questions and ensure you understand and are comfortable with the details of your treatment and the expected outcome before moving forward.
The root canal procedures of the past had a very bad reputation for being extremely painful, but in almost all cases, it is by no means an uncomfortable procedure. In fact, it can often be even easier than a simple filling, although it is somewhat more time-consuming. We designed our entire practice with your comfort in mind, ensuring peace of mind throughout any procedure. Prior to starting the treatment for a root canal West Hollywood dental experts will thoroughly numb the area for your comfort. Sleep dentistry with IV sedation is available to provide an even more seamless experience. Before your procedure, Dr. Borzoo will go over the steps involved and the aftercare requirements so that you know exactly what to expect.
The good news is that once the final crown has been attached, patients find that they tend to forget they ever had a root canal in the first place. In some cases, there may be some additional pain in the initial few days after a root canal is performed. This post-op pain may usually be dealt with using over-the-counter pain relievers and should diminish soon, after a few days. Performing standard dental hygiene with regular brushing and flossing, not to mention regular dentist visits, is the key to early diagnosis of cavities and preventing the need for any future root canals.
The goal of root canal is to restore your tooth to its most natural appearance and functionality. Dr. Borzoo’s skill and experience as a cosmetic dentist ensure that your restored tooth is as beautiful as it is strong. Dr. Borzoo will carefully craft a crown with the color and contours to blend harmoniously with your natural smile. You will take care of the crown as you do your other teeth, practicing good dental hygiene and having regular cleanings and checkups. Doing so will ensure your crown looks and functions its best for many years to come.
Local anesthesia is administered to prevent the patient from feeling any sensation during a root canal. We also offer sedation dentistry, which allows you to sleep peacefully while your root canal is performed. Mild soreness can occur after the procedure. This is typically well managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Time to see a dentist? Let us introduce you to a new level of care at the practice of Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi, DDS, in West Hollywood, CA. Patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and all over the world have unlocked more beautiful smiles and lasting oral health with our help. We can’t wait to show you your most confident smile.