Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. Endodontic therapy, or root canal treatment in San Diego, treats the soft pulp tissue within the tooth. An endodontist specializes in saving teeth.
Scripps West Dental’s Endodontist Dr. Marisa Zarchy earned a D.M.D. with honors from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2011 and completed her specialty training in Endodontics at Temple University School of Dentistry in 2013. Dr. Zarchy prides herself in providing her patients with gentle, compassionate, and individualized care. She is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, California State Association of Endodontists, and American Dental Association.
Dr. Zarchy performs routine as well as complex endodontic procedures, including root canal treatment, surgical endodontics, and other specialized procedures to save teeth after traumatic dental injuries. By focusing her practice on these specific procedures, Dr. Zarchy has become an expert at managing a wide variety of complex endodontic problems efficiently. Advanced technologies and specialized techniques used by our San Diego endodontist give her an accurate internal view of the tooth and allow her to treat the tooth quickly and comfortably.
Root canal therapy in San Diego is the preferred method of treatment to save a tooth that would otherwise be lost as a result of infection inside the nerve of the tooth. Preserving the tooth is ideal because it eliminates the problems created by a missing tooth – problems that quickly become more costly, painful, and inconvenient as time goes on.
In this procedure, the pulp of the tooth (the living tissue inside) is removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials that restore the tooth to full function. Root canal therapy is a highly successful treatment that can last for many years, and, thanks to modern advancements in dental medicine, the procedure is far more comfortable than it has been in the past.
There are a number of signs that suggest root canal therapy may be necessary:
– An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
– Sensitivity to hot and cold.
– Severe toothache pain.
– Swelling or tenderness.
What can this procedure repair?
– Decay that has reached the tooth pulp.
– Infections or abscesses that have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
– Injury or trauma to the tooth.
How is this procedure done?
Root canal therapy can often be done in one appointment, though more appointments may be necessary. At your appointment, our endodontist will numb the are and place a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. Dr. Zarchy will then create an access opening in the surface of the tooth, allowing for the placement of a series of root canal files. The pulp, nerve tissue, and any bacteria or tooth decay that may be present are then removed with specialized dental tools. She will then seal the tooth with a filling.
Once the root canal procedure is complete, your general dentist will then fit the tooth for a permanent crown that will return the tooth to its full, natural function.
What kind of follow up care should I expect?
Many patients find that their tooth is sensitive to heat and cold immediately following root canal therapy. This is temporary, and it will subside once the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed. Your Scripps West Dental team will provide you with care instructions after each appointment throughout the process. It is also important to remember that good oral hygiene at home combined with regular dental visits are the very best way to secure the health and beauty of both your natural teeth and any dental restorations you may have. As with all restorative treatments, teeth restored through root canal therapy can last a lifetime, but may have to be retreated due to new infections.
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