Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment that is provided when the dental pulp and nerves become infected or damaged. This type of damage is most common in teeth where injury or decay reaches beyond the outer layer of tooth enamel and into the deepest areas of the tooth. When untreated, this infection and decay can cause the tooth to die and make it necessary for our dentist to perform an extraction. The goal of root canal therapy is to prevent the need for an extraction. Root canals work to restore the health and structure of the tooth so that you can continue using it for years to come.
When you receive a root canal, our dentist will open up the tooth and remove the infected and injured tissues. The tooth will then be cleaned and filled with a medicated material before being capped with a dental crown to restore the tooth’s shape and structure. Most root canals can be completed in just one or two appointments.
The vast majority of root canals are successful. However, in the event that your tooth becomes re-infected, our dentist can perform a root canal retreatment. This procedure is the same as your original root canal and will help remove infection and decay that has returned to the previously treated tooth.
Lake Forest Dental provides anesthesia and other comfort options to minimize any discomfort you may experience during your treatment.
We invite you to contact our office today at 949.446.0700 to set up your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Elizabeth Kim, and learn more about root canal therapy in Lake Forest, California.