All Smiles Dentist Office in Tarzana is proud to offer endodontic services for our patients. Endodontics is a dental specialty, dealing with the dental pulp. When the dental pulp is infected or diseased, it is important to perform treatment in order to have healthy teeth and a healthy mouth.
The most common endodontic treatment is root canal, though we also deal with cracked teeth and numerous forms of dental trauma. We will do everything that we can do to protect your dental pulp so that you can keep your teeth.
We are proud to be able to offer endodontic services for our patients so that they don’t have to go to multiple dentists to get the care that they need. We are constantly learning and growing to give you the very best dental care available.
We want you to have the best experience possible and want to share with you some of the most frequently asked questions from our patients.
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) that involves the treatment of the pulp (root canal) and the surrounding tissues of the tooth.
Should I be worried about the X-rays?
No. X-rays will be necessary during your treatment; however, we use an advanced non-film computerized system known as digital radiography. It produces radiation levels 90 percent lower than the already low dose of conventional dental X-ray machines. These images can then be sent via e-mail or on a CD to other providers and specialists as needed.
What about infection?
If left untreated, the inside of the tooth may die and become a source of infection which can spread outside the mouth. It can result in serious pain and hospitalization.
We adhere to rigorous standards of infection control as advocated by OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Dental Association. We utilize autoclave sterilization and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection.
Is a root canal painful?
When people hear “‘root canal,” they usually think about pain. However, a root canal is done to eliminate the pain a patient is already feeling. The pain is usually caused by the infection in the tooth and not the root canal treatment. The procedure itself is painless. A local anesthetic numbs the tooth and the surrounding area.
If you have any questions about root canal therapy or endodontics in general don’t hesitate to contact us today at (818) 343-2244.