Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy in West Hollywood
A bacterial infection in your inner tooth can spell disaster for your oral health. Without quick intervention, the entire tooth could need an extraction. Root canal therapy removes infection at its source, preserving the tooth and protecting your dental health.
Dr. Eric L. Fugier, DDS, provides gentle root canal therapy at his West Hollywood practice. He and his dedicated team combine their years of experience and training with cutting-edge technology for the best treatment available to patients. Call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation.
Safe, Gentle Root Canal Therapy to Preserve Your Tooth
Modern advances in dentistry have made root canal therapy a safe, gentle, and reliable procedure, and the surest way of treating a tooth. Our practice makes every effort to ensure patient comfort during and after the procedure, from providing anesthetics to using laser dentistry.
During a root canal, an access point in the tooth enamel is created to allow the dentist to treat the infected inner tissue. All infected tissue is removed, and the root canals are cleansed. A special material is placed in the root canals to provide support and allow healing. Finally, a special material is compacted to fill the empty space, and a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it from further infection and the stress of daily use.
While root canal therapy does require a healing period, patients often experience quick relief from pain due to the cleansing of infection. Because the tooth itself has been saved, patients face fewer dental health problems in the future and can expect a healthy, robust smile to last them for many years more.
Dangers of a Tooth Infection
An infected tooth can cause much more than pain – it can actively put your health at risk. Left untreated, the infection continues to cause tooth decay, eventually requiring its removal. However, the greater risk is that if the bacterial infection migrates through the bloodstream, it can cause secondary infections throughout the body, including in the heart, lungs, and even the brain. This makes it vital to deal with oral infections as soon as they are detected.
When to See the Dentist
A tooth infection is most often identified by the resulting tooth pain, but there are other symptoms patients should be aware of. Symptoms of a tooth infection include:
• Severe or throbbing tooth pain
• Swelling in the cheek
• An abscess in the gums
• Sensitivity to pressure when biting or chewing
• Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
• Swollen lymph nodes
It is possible to have a tooth infection without any discernable symptoms. For this reason, it is essential to maintain your bi-annual dental exams in order to detect and treat dental health issues.
Patient-Focused Healing Dentistry in West Hollywood
At our West Hollywood practice, we focus on caring for the whole patient through exceptional dentistry and a welcoming environment. Whether you are a celebrity or a private citizen, we provide exquisite dental care with compassion, gentleness, and discretion. Schedule a visit to our inviting office today.