Root Canal Specialist

Juan Sebastian Moran, DDS

Dentist located in Torrance, CA

Root canal therapy can be a great solution for patients with deep decay who want to avoid a tooth extraction and prevent further damage. As a top-rated dentist in Torrance, CA, Dr. Sebastian Moran is skilled in root canal procedures to help patients at Moran Dental restore badly damaged teeth and avoid extractions.

Root Canal Q & A

What is root canal therapy (RCT)?

Root canal therapy is a procedure performed to save a tooth that’s been badly damaged in its central portion by decay or trauma. The central portion of the tooth or “pulp” contains the nerves and blood vessels that support the health of the tooth. This pulp travels from the root to the tooth’s center through narrow channels called canals. Root canal therapy is designed to address this deep damage so the tooth can be preserved.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canal therapy uses the same basic approach as a “regular” filling: Special instruments are used to access the deeper portion of the tooth and to remove the area that’s been damaged, then the resulting cavity is carefully cleaned of debris and filled to provide stability and to prevent further damage. Teeth treated with root canals are almost always covered with a protective crown to provide additional strength and support to the tooth and to hide any resulting darkening of the tooth.

Is having a root canal better than having a tooth extraction?

Yes, it’s almost always better to avoid an extraction when possible. When a tooth is pulled, it disrupts the normal bite balance, resulting in uneven tooth wear that can increase the risk of decay. A missing tooth also disrupts the bite balance, causing jaw strain and pain that can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder. Plus, when a tooth is missing, neighboring teeth can begin to lean in toward the resulting gap, causing root weakening and additional tooth loss over time. And finally, salvaging a damaged tooth is almost always less costly than having a tooth extracted and then replacing it with a denture, bridge or dental implant.

Are root canals painful?

At our practice, we use state-of-the-art pain management techniques to reduce or prevent discomfort both during and following a root canal procedure. Most patients find they can manage any resulting temporary discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications.