Root Canal Specialist

George B. Apelian, DDS -  - Implant Dentistry

Hilltop Dental

George B. Apelian, DDS

Implant Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Agoura Hills, CA

Contrary to what movies and TV shows have taught you, root canals are not to be feared. In fact, root canals can actually alleviate you of a great deal of pain by treating an infected or damaged tooth. At Hilltop Dental in Agoura Hills, California, George B. Apelian, DDS, provides gentle and effective root canals to treat his patients’ teeth and restore their oral health. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that restores a damaged or infected tooth by removing the tooth’s pulp.

The pulp is the soft inner portion of your tooth. It’s made up of blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerve fibers. When your pulp is damaged or infected, it swells, pinching the nerves and causing a great deal of pain.

Many people think that root canals are a painful or involved procedure when they’re actually no more complicated or uncomfortable than a filling. 

A root canal actually alleviates you of the immense pain caused by infected tooth pulp and benefits your overall oral health by enabling you to avoid an extraction. 

Do I need a root canal?

Some of the symptoms of damaged or infected tooth pulp include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Darkened or discolored tooth
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • An abscess in your gums or pus around your tooth

If you have damaged or infected the pulp, you most likely need a root canal to treat it. 

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?

Swollen pulp typically doesn’t get better on its own. If left untreated, a damaged or infected tooth can lead to:

  • Tooth loss
  • Infection of neighboring teeth or jawbone
  • Formation of an abscess
  • Sepsis

If you have damaged or infected pulp, a root canal can prevent further and more serious harm to your overall oral health.

What is the process for getting a root canal?

At Hilltop Dental, Dr. Apelian performs root canals on any teeth, from anteriors to molars, using telescopic lens magnification and other state-of-the-art equipment to precisely and effectively treat and preserve the longevity of your tooth. 

Your root canal begins with “cleansing and shaping.” Dr. Apelian anesthetizes your tooth, drills a small access hole in the top, removes the dead pulp tissue from your pulpal chamber, and then shapes your canals. 

The next phase of the treatment is called “obliteration,” where Dr. Apelian seals your empty pulpal canal with a rubbery compound called “gutta-percha.”

The final steps in the procedure are called the “restorative phase.” Dr. Apelian reinforces the structural integrity of your tooth by inserting a post in your pulpal chamber. He then fills the access hole in the top of your tooth and restores your tooth with a dental crown.

What is a root canal re-treatment?

Sometimes, a root canal doesn’t fully eradicate the infection or damage in your tooth pulp or any abscesses that might have formed as a result. In those cases, Hilltop Dental offers root canal re-treatments (known as an apicoectomy). 

In re-treatment, Dr. Apelian eliminates any remaining infection by surgically removing the tip of your tooth’s root.

To learn more about how a root canal can improve your oral health, schedule a visit with Hilltop Dental today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

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