Bich Ngoc Le, D.D.S.
Emmy Mary Le, D.D.S.
Catherine Chi Pham, D.D.S.
CALL: 714-531-1088
14364 Brookhurst St., G.G., CA 92843
Dr. Le specializes in family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and children dentistry. Dr. Le serves patients from neighboring Lakewood,
Cerritos, Westminster, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley. If you need a cosmetic dentist, family dentist, children dentist, or dental
implant specialist, please give Dr. Le a try. We will do our best to meet all  your expectations.
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906 E. Anaheim St., L.B., CA 90813
Bich Ngoc Le, D.D.S.
Emmy Mary Le, D.D.S.
Catherine Chi Pham, D.D.S.
Root Canal Basics

Root canals are also known as root canal therapy or root canal treatments, and are
very common dental procedures throughout the United States. Root canals involve
the removal of infected or diseased pulp found inside a tooth.  It is the final attempt
to save a badly-decayed tooth from having to be extracted and is usually a treatment
associated with a toothache.

The pulp found inside teeth is located in a pulp chamber located in the center of
each tooth branching off into canals that extend all the way down its roots
embedded in bone. This pulp chamber and canals contain blood vessels, nerves,
and connective tissues. Pulp is an important part of each tooth that serves as a
supply line for growing and developing teeth, and helps supply adequate flow of
blood to surrounding gums.   Tooth decay, left untreated over time, will introduce
harmful bacteria into the pulp chamber resulting in infection and death of the pulp,
ultimately causing great pain in the mouth.

Root Canal Procedure

Depending on the situation, a root canal treatment may be performed in one visit or
may take a couple of visits to complete. In most cases, the treatment procedure is
as follows:

•        The area surrounding the tooth will be numbed.
•        All the decay in the tooth is removed and access to the pulp chamber is
•        Infected or diseased pulp will be removed.
•        The dentist will measure (via x-rays) the depth and length of the root canal(s)
so that he or she may replace removed pulp with a filling material called gutta-
•        The dentist will shape and disinfect the canals.
•        The pulp canals are then filled to its tips with gutta-pecha.
•        The tooth will be covered with a temporary filling and analgesic prescribed for
the patient.
•        A build-up and crown will be fitted over the tooth as the final treatment to help
protect and strengthen it since a tooth without its blood supply of nutrients will
become brittle over time.

Who Benefits from Root Canal Procedures?

Anyone who is suffering from pain or infection will benefit from root canal treatment.
Untreated cavities or erosion of enamel or dentin of the tooth can lead to reduced
blood supply, pain, and severe abscesses caused by bacterial infections.  

Individuals who have damaged teeth may also benefit from a root canal procedure.
Left untreated, tooth infections often affect additional areas of the mouth and jaw as
well as spread infection to other parts of the body.