Laser Root Canal Therapy in Palos Verdes
Gentle, skilled root canal treatment
Root canals are performed to save teeth. When the pulp of the tooth is infected sometimes the pulp has to be removed and replaced with a filling.
Dr. Giri Palani can treat most root canals in one visit by using a rotary instrument to remove the pulp and a laser to fully disinfect the canal of bacteria. Laser additionally can reduce the disinfection procedure from 20-30 minutes to just 2-3 minutes.
Dr. Giri Palani starts by getting a full history of any symptoms you have. Then he performs an in-depth exam that includes high-speed, low-dose digital X-rays to discover the exact condition of the root and to provide a thorough and complete diagnosis. This determines the extent that the root is infected and if root canal therapy is really necessary.
Dr. Palani has the latest training and extensive experience performing root canals. You’ll find that he is gentle, thorough and, in most cases, can perform your root canal therapy in just one visit. He ensures your root canal is completed properly the first time so that there won’t be a second time. He thoroughly checks the digital X-ray to make sure that the canal is precisely filled to its top. Because if your root canal isn’t filled to the top, it can get infected.Back to the top
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is performed to save your tooth when decay will damage it, or has already damaged it. The therapy is done by removing the pulp from the center of your tooth and then filling the cavity. This is done to prevent a painful infection from developing that could spread to other teeth. A root canal can also treat a tooth with an infection that has developed an abscess.
Dr. Palani begins by injecting a local anesthetic to completely numb your gums and teeth in that area. Then he’ll use a rotary instrument to remove the pulp from the tooth and his diode laser to help eliminate bacteria. Lastly, he will fill the inside part of your tooth below the gum line with medicine and filling materials.
A permanent filling, or possibly a crown, is necessary after root canal therapy. If a crown’s required, Dr. Palani will make an impression of your tooth. This impression will be used by a lab technician to create a crown that perfectly matches your treated tooth. That tooth is then fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent one is fabricated and cemented into place.Back to the top
Symptoms that show need for root canal therapy
- Very painful toothache that keeps you up at night
- Moderate to severe lingering toothache that may throb, and be sensitive to cold or heat
- Swelling in your gum that may, upon applying pressure, release pus or blood
- Pain when biting or chewing food
- Pain that begins in the tooth and can spread to the jaw, ear, head etc.
However you may experience no pain at all yet still need a root canal. Regular checkups and X-rays can spot a problem tooth early on that may need a root canal.