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Endodontist San Pedro

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that works with the inner structures of the teeth. Our San Pedro endodontist continued training after completing dental school in order to provide both simple and complex endodontic procedures. We offer comprehensive dental care that includes endodontic treatments for the pulp, tissues, nerves and arterioles that are located within the tooth.

In the past, a severely damaged, diseased or infected tooth would need to be extracted to preserve the patient’s overall dental health. Today, root canal treatments enable us to eliminate the damaged or infected tissue and preserve the structure of the tooth. Our endodontist in San Pedro will evaluate your tooth and create a treatment plan that is designed to preserve your overall dental health.

You may be a candidate for endodontic therapy if you have:

•    Inflamed or tender gums
•    Pain or sensitivity in response to temperature changes
•    Discomfort or pain when biting or chewing
•    A discolored tooth
•    Pain in nearby lymph nodes

Bacterial infections are one of the most common reasons for endodontic treatments. Oral bacteria can invade the tooth’s pulp when a cavity has been left untreated or when a cavity has penetrated beneath a filling or other restoration. An abscess, which is an extremely painful condition, can form. Left untreated, the abscess can continue to damage the internal structures and even the bone around the tooth, which can lead to tooth loss.

San Pedro Endodontist

Dental trauma can also necessitate endodontic treatment. When a tooth has been fractured or chipped or when a tooth suffers from a direct blow, the pulp can be damaged or exposed. Removing the pulp can restore comfort and health to the tooth.

If you are a candidate for root canal therapy, our San Pedro endodontist may recommend two to three dental appointments. We will take X-rays to identify the areas of concern and then numb your tooth. The infected material will then be removed through an access point in the tooth, and the space that is left will be cleaned and filled with a special material. Once the root canals have been sealed, a temporary filling will be placed until a porcelain crown can be used to complete the procedure.

Contact our endodontist in San Pedro today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

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