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Root Canal Treatment

The term “root canal” describes the space that runs down the center of the tooth.  Nestled within the root canal, is the pulp chamber, where the nerves lie. Tooth nerves function as a sensory guide, allowing individuals to feel hot or cold.  The day to day function of the tooth is not compromised after the removal of its nerves.

Root canal treatment is often used to help restore a tooth that has extensive decay or has developed an infection.  When left untreated, infection can spread, causing abscesses to form.  If a tooth is infected, there may be no signs or symptoms present at times. However, signs that a root canal treatment may be required include the following:

•    Severe pain while chewing or from pressure
•    Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
•    Discoloration of the tooth
•    Tender and swollen gums
•    Reoccurring abscess-like formations around the gums

Dr. Kashfian, expert in root canal treatment in Beverly Hills and root canal treatment in Chatsworth, can perform a root canal treatment on infected teeth to remove the infection and restore the tooth.

Root Canal Treatment Beverly Hills and Chatsworth

The treatment begins with a topical anesthetic, which is designed to temporarily inhibit sensory nerves in gum tissue. Dr. Kashfian will then utilize local anesthetic to completely numb the teeth.  Special tools will allow Dr. Kashfian to carefully remove the pulp from the tooth.  After cleaning and shaping of the canals, special medication, filling materials, and a temporary filling will be placed to help protect the tooth from further infection. An additional appointment for a dental crown may be necessary, depending on the location of the treated tooth.

Teeth and gums may be numb for a few hours after the root canal procedure.  Once anesthetic wears off, the patient may experience slight discomfort. This can easily be treated with over the counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.  Dr. Kashfian, may even prescribe a prescription strength pain reliever, if necessary.  Slight discomfort should persist no longer than two days.

When performed correctly, root canal procedures have a success rate of 95%.  Teeth that have undergone the root canal procedure tend to last a lifetime. However, new infections in the tooth may occur, despite all attempts to properly clean and seal a tooth.
Preservation of the natural teeth is always the best option, if possible.  Since root canal treatment allows patients to restore the function and aesthetics of their tooth, it is considered to be the treatment of choice.

An alternative to root canal treatment would include a dental extraction along with a bridge, implant or even a partial denture.  These treatment options helps restore patient’s ability to chew, speak, and smile.  In addition, bridges, implants, and partial dentures prevent teeth from shifting into vacated spaces.   Since alternative treatments are considered to be much more invasive and costly, they are not typically recommended, if the tooth could be saved with a root canal treatment.

Dr. Kashfian can examine the affected tooth and determine if a root canal treatment can be the best options for preserving the tooth.

Contact the office of Dr. Kashfian to make an appointment for a consultation.

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"I have been a patient of Dr. Kashfian for over ten years. I love the fact that I get reminders to come in for my cleaning. Always helping his patients!" Thanks Muriel M. for your awesome Yelp review! We know many of you pretend to have lost the mail when our reminder cards arrive, but coming in for that regular cleaning is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. We can't wait to see you all back soon for your regular cleaning, and no, showering with your mouth open doesn't count as a cleaning😂. #nicetrythoughboo #teethcleaningtime #letsseethosepearlywhites .
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"I've had the pleasure of being one of Dr. Kashfian's patients for at least 15 years now, maybe 20.  Dr. Kashfian and his assistant, Peggy, are quite simply part of my LA family." Thanks Gary G. for your glowing review on Yelp! These offices have welcomed many patients over the years, some of which have been with us for almost two decades. We are honored that you have continued to chose us for your dental needs through the years and love being a part of your extended family. Happy New Year to all our wonderful patients! #bestpatientsintheworld #loveourjob .
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