Root Canals

Tzur Gabi, DMD -  - Dentist


Tzur Gabi, DMD

Dentist located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

Root Canals Specialist
Preserving a natural tooth with a root canal can help prevent additional tooth loss and maintain a healthy bite pattern. As a skilled and experienced dentist, Dr. Gabi offers Brentwood, CA, patients advanced endodontics techniques including root canals and endodontic surgery for better oral health.

Root Canal Q & A

by Tzur Gabi, DMD

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses on the central potion of the tooth called the pulp, as well as the nerves that keep teeth “alive” and healthy. Endodontists are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect the pulp and the area surrounding it.

What are endodontic procedures?

The most common endodontic procedure is a root canal, a procedure designed to remove the diseased pulp of a tooth, replace it with a filler material and then seal the tooth to prevent additional damage. Most root canals are followed by a crown to cover the tooth, provide additional protection and cover any discoloration that results when the living portion of the tooth is removed.

Is a root canal better than an extraction?

Yes; generally, it's always a better choice to preserve and maintain the tooth structure. When a tooth is extracted, the underlying bone will begin to disintegrate and neighboring teeth can start to lean in toward the gap left by the missing tooth. In time, their roots may become loose, causing them to fall out as well. Plus, maintaining a natural tooth helps preserve your normal bite mechanics and alignment of your jaw.

What symptoms could indicate I need a root canal?

Most root canals are preceded by specific symptoms like:

  • extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages or cold air
  • tooth discoloration
  • pain in a tooth, especially when chewing
  • swelling in a gum surrounding a tooth
  • facial swelling
  • foul-tasting drainage from a tooth that indicates an abscess
  • bad breath

Some patients have little or no symptoms until the tooth begins to break apart, which is why it's important to have regular dental checkups to check for signs of diseased pulp.

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