Root Canal Therapy in La Mirada

WHAT IS a root canal?

A root canal is a restorative endodontic treatment intended to remove damaged or infected dental pulp from a tooth and restore its health. A person’s dental pulp can become damaged from dental trauma or untreated tooth decay. 

The inflamed or infected dental pulp (the tooth’s soft inside layer that contains nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels) is removed, the canals are cleaned, and then the tooth is filled. This treatment is 95% effective at saving a tooth from extraction. This procedure also relieves pain associated with tooth infections. Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation at our La Mirada dental office.

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The cleaning of the canals may be performed in a single appointment or multiple appointments.


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WHAT TO EXPECT from the root canal process

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Dr. Charles Kim will examine your teeth and take x-rays to look for signs of an infection and determine if you are a suitable candidate for a root canal.

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Dr. Kim will administer local anesthesia to numb your mouth before drilling a hole into your tooth so we can access the dental pulp. All of the dental pulp, including the root, will be removed.

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Canal Cleaning

Each tooth contains 1-4 canals. Every canal in the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and reshaped.

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The inside of your tooth will be filled with gutta-percha and the access hole will be sealed with a permanent filling. Some rear molars may need a dental crown to protect the tooth from wear and tear.


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Anterior Root Canals

Root canals performed in the anterior teeth are faster and simpler because they contain fewer root canals and are thinner than the posterior teeth. This results in less pain and a quick recovery time. Since these teeth aren’t used for chewing, it’s usually not necessary to place a dental crown.

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The posterior teeth contain up to 4 canals in a single tooth and are much thicker than the anterior teeth. This makes the root canal procedure longer and more complicated because it can be difficult to identify or access all of the tooth’s canals. Recovery is slightly longer than in anterior teeth and you may need to place a dental crown to protect the tooth from wear and tear.

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About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.

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You will need to stick to eating soft foods for the first few days after a root canal treatment.


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Have questions about implant dentistry? Find answers here. 

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How are dental implants made?

A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab. 

There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.

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How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. 

However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years. 

Can dental implants get infected?

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It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery. 

You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed. 

Will dental implants stop bone loss?

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Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy. 

When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.

Can dental implants be done in one day?

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Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary. 

As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.

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Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.

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