Root Canal Treatments in Los Angeles

George B. Shinn Jr., DDS, Los Angeles, CA

Appointments: (424) 331-1351 | General Inquiries: (310) 649-3636

George B. Shinn Jr.
DDS, Los Angeles, CA

Appointments: (424) 331-1351
General Inquiries: (310) 649-3636

OFFICE HOURS

Mon 9 am - 6 pm

Tue 9 am - 6 pm

Wed 9 am - 6 pm

Thur 9 am - 6 pm

Fri 9 am - 5 pm

Sat 3rd Saturday of each month 10 am - 4 pm

Sun Closed

Root Canal Therapy

An endodontist is a dentist that specializes in performing root canal therapy (RCT). With years of experience and unparalleled dental expertise, Dr. Shinn is prepared to be your endodontist. Using state-of-the-art techniques to treat deep decay while preserving your natural teeth, Dr. Shinn provides unprecedented dental care to his patients.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is required when the inner tissues of the tooth become inflamed or infected. The cause of the inflammation may be a deep bacterial infection. A root canal addresses this by removing the infected part of a tooth. After the infected pulp is removed, the tooth is sealed with a special material that prevents infections and promotes growth. Placing a crown is a usual follow up treatment to root canals.

Your teeth have a hard outer portion and a central portion that contain: blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. This central portion is called the pulp, and when it becomes damaged or decayed, root canal therapy uses special techniques to remove this part of the tooth, followed by sealing and filling the space to prevent additional damage and to help preserve the tooth. In most cases, a root canal is also followed by placement of a crown over the tooth.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

In most cases, you'll notice symptoms like pain in your tooth, especially when biting or chewing, as well as increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. That's because once you need a root canal, the damage to the pulp portion of the tooth is probably pretty extensive. In a few cases, symptoms may be mild because the damage isn't as extensive yet.

Are tooth extractions an option?

Tooth extractions are an alternative to root canals, but they are not without their own set of drawbacks. We believe that it's better for your longer term health to preserve your natural tooth. When a tooth is removed, it leaves a gap. Teeth on both sides of the gap can begin to lean into space, making their roots weak, as well and resulting in additional tooth loss in the future. Getting a denture or bridge may help, but they may need additional care, and they can also change your bite pattern--resulting in orthodontic problems. Other prosthetics such as dental implants provide a strong foundation for teeth which can last up to 25 years. However, in time, crowns, and implants all have to be replaced. Root canal lets you keep your natural teeth so that you can avoid these issues and enjoy optimal oral health.

Why should I see an endodontist?

To be an accredited endodontist, the dentist must graduate an accredited school and complete postgraduate training in the field of endodontics. Endodontists understand root canals to a degree that dentists are unfamiliar with. If anyone can save your tooth, it’s an endodontist. In cases of extreme facial trauma or injury, an endodontists can provide insightful information about whether or not a patient’s teeth can be saved. Lastly, when prior root canals have failed, an endodontist can retreat the root canal with a higher success rate than regular dentists.

Aftercare

Dr. Shinn will likely schedule follow up appointments with you to see how your tooth’s natural healing is progressing. It may also be necessary to put a filling or crown on the tooth to restore its strength and prevent further infections.

Recovery

It is normal for patients to experience pain and swelling after the procedure. It will last for a few days, but it will subside. Dr. Shinn will appropriately prescribe pain relieving medications.

Cost

The cost of root canals vary depending on how severely the tooth has been infected. Most insurances will pay for part of a root canal. Speak to the front desk about financing options, insurance, and cost of your particular case.

Save your teeth.