Gentle, Stress-Free Root Canal Procedures
The mere sound of a drill is enough to get many dental patients’ hearts racing. But a visit to the dentist for a root canal doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, stressful, or inconvenient. Modern root canal techniques, like those used by Dr. Alexie Aguil at Exquisite Dentistry in Beverly Hills, are safe, effective and even comfortable.
As your first step towards pain-free chewing, sleeping, and other everyday activities, Dr. Alexie Aguil and the team at Exquisite Dentistry focuses on your comfort and relaxation throughout the process — from the root canal dentist consultation to final adjustments.
If you are in need of root canal treatment, contact us to schedule a free consultation with Exquisite Dentistry.
About Root Canals
Teeth are more than solid pieces of material. Under the outer hard shell is a layer of softer tissue called dentin, and under that is a hollow area that contains the dental pulp, blood vessels, connecting tissues and nerves, and the root canals. These canals are miniature spaces in your individual teeth that reach from the tip of your tooth’s root to below the surface of the tooth. Teeth can have anywhere from one to four root canals per tooth.
Infection due to untreated cavities, tooth breakage or other trauma to the tooth can affect the root canals and can cause them to become infected or damaged. Infection in the pulp can be dangerous. It can start to spread and impact the canals and tissues in the tooth, as well as start to affect other parts of the mouth and even other organs in your body.
Damage or infection of the root canals can be very painful if not cared for immediately. Some signs that you may have an infected tooth are sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures in your mouth, or pain when the tooth is making any contact or pressure on it. The procedure to treat a root canal at the dentist can take anywhere from one to three visits. The inner part of the tooth is then cleaned and shaped as necessary, as well as filled with special materials to keep the infection from coming back. A crown is then placed on the tooth to restore pain-free chewing for many years.
Learn About Our Process Before Your First Appointment
Exquisite Dentistry spells out each step in your treatment process, so you know exactly what to expect when you visit our Los Angeles office for a root canal.
A full root canal procedure normally involves three separate appointments, but this can vary depending on the severity of the damage and the location of the tooth. Here’s what you can anticipate for each visit:
- First, we’ll provide an assessment of your affected area. Once we take X-rays of your mouth, Dr. Aguil can outline a treatment plan for your root canal dentist treatment. For special circumstances, we can match you with the best endodontic specialist in the West Hollywood and Beverly Hills area.
- Next, using conscious sedation or a local anesthetic, our dentist performs the main procedure. After sterilizing the inner part of your root canal and sealing it to prevent infection, we create a mold of your bite to design a dental crown. Before you leave, we place a temporary filling over the treated area, helping you to avoid bacterial contamination.
- When your crown is complete — usually after about two weeks — we place is onto your treated tooth, making adjustments to ensure comfort and safety.