A root canal is a treatment that is used when the pulp, or soft tissue, inside the tooth is diseased. This can occur as a result of severe decay, major dental trauma or abscess. Dr. Martirosyan, Glendale dentist, may recommend a root canal treatment to save the tooth.

The tooth comprises several layers. The outer layer is a hard, mineralized substance called enamel. Although it is the hardest substance in the human body, enamel can be damaged by oral bacteria and trauma. Inside the enamel is the dentin, and the dentin contains chambers called root canals. The pulp is located inside the dentin, and these soft tissues include blood vessels, nerves and other tissues.

During a root canal, Dr. Martirosyan will carefully numb the tooth. This ensures you will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the tooth is completely numb, the root canals of the tooth will be accessed, and the soft tissues will be removed. Each canal is thoroughly cleaned, shaped and disinfected before being sealed to prevent further infection. The tooth will be permanently restored with a crown to preserve its function and appearance.

Most people experience a dramatic reduction in pain after a root canal, but you may continue to have tenderness or discomfort for a day or two as the inflammation subsides if the infection was particularly severe. Call us today to learn more about root canals or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Marine Martirosyan, endodontist in Glendale.