Root Canal/Endodontics

Root Canal in Anaheim

Endodontic treatment, commonly referred to as a “root canal” treatment, is done to save severely injured, cracked or decayed tooth when it’s pulp (the soft inner tissue inside a tooth’s root canal) becomes inflamed or infected.  If this problem is not treated promptly then severe pain or a tooth abscess can start.  This procedure is usually completed in one or two office visits depending on the condition of the pulp and the severity of the infection.  After the root canal treatment is completed, a crown is placed over the tooth to maintain proper functionality.

What does a root canal procedure entail?

After the tooth has been thoroughly examined and a root canal treatment is deemed necessary to save the tooth then the tooth and surrounding area is first anesthetized with some local anesthetic.  A small, protective sheet called a “dental dam” is used to isolate the tooth to protect it from getting bacterial contamination during the procedure.  An opening is then made at the top of the tooth to access the pulp to clean out the nerve and then shape the interior for a filling.  The root canal is cleaned, medicated and filled with a rubber-like biocompatible material called gutta-percha.  This completes the root canal treatment and then a temporary filling is placed until a permanent buildup and crown can be placed on that tooth to restore proper functionality.

Contact Dr. Pham today to make an appointment for your root canal in Anaheim today: (714) 821-7645.