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Root Canals

If the idea of getting a root canal fills you with dread, you are certainly not alone. Many people feel this way. However, the truth is that root canal therapy is actually a very useful, highly successful and relatively pain-free procedure that can save you from some very unpleasant alternatives. Root canals are designed to save infected teeth by removing the nerves and infected material, thus relieving pain and avoiding possible tooth extraction. Dr. Mileham has performed many root canals in Rancho Palos Verdes over the years and he has the expertise and experience required to help you too. Feel free to contact us to learn more about root canal therapy.

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Our Technoloy Makes Root Canals A Breeze!

Thanks to recent advances in dental technology, root canals are easier than ever for patients and dentists alike. Dr. Mileham uses digital imaging to get a detailed look at the tooth and makes sure he removes every trace of infected tissue at the root of the tooth. This makes root canals in Rancho Palos Verdes more effective than ever before. At South Bay Center for Aesthetic Dentistry patients now benefit from improved dental sedation methods which make root canal procedures more comfortable and far less painful. Nowadays, scary painful root canals are a thing of the past and are often compared to simply routine fillings in terms of comfort and time in the dental chair.

Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

Normally, the enamel and dentin covering a healthy tooth protect the nerves and tissue inside the tooth from becoming infected. However, tooth decay or trauma can damage these protective materials and open the door to infection. If this happens, you may notice symptoms like severe sensitivity to hot or cold liquids, discoloration, swollen gums, pain while chewing, pain when touching the tooth or constant dull aching. A root canal from a skilled Rancho Palos Verdes dentist like Dr. Mileham can relieve all of these symptoms. A root canal can alleviate these symptoms when performed on a broken or decayed tooth that has not yet become infected.

Root Canals Explained

Root canals aren’t nearly as scary if you understand the procedure. As the first step in your root canal in Rancho Palos Verdes, Dr. Mileham will make sure that you are sedated and anesthetized properly to ensure that you will be comfortable throughout the procedure. Then he will drill a small hole down into your tooth’s pulp chamber. This hole will be used to extract all of the infected tissue inside the tooth, including the nerves. Referring often to highly magnified digital images of your tooth’s root system, Dr. Mileham will remove all the tissue to ensure that the tooth won’t ever become infected again. The hollow chamber is then filled with inert material to stabilize, strengthen and seal the pocket. The final step is to cap the tooth with a custom crown.