Endodontics Specialist

Hansen Dental Care

Robert Hansen, Jr., DDS

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in Pasadena, CA

When you have a tooth in need of saving, an endodontic procedure, such as a root canal, may just be the answer to correct your smile. Robert Hansen, DDS, will examine your teeth at Hansen Dental Care in Pasadena, California to determine if you are a good candidate for a root canal or another endodontic procedure. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about endodontic procedures.

Endodontics Q & A

What are endodontics?

Endodontic treatments are procedures designed to save your teeth from infection. The most common endodontic procedure that dentists recommend is a root canal — the removal and replacement of infected pulp inside your otherwise healthy teeth. 

In most cases, an infected tooth can be saved with an endodontic treatment, so it’s important to contact Dr. Hansen right away if you think you may make a good candidate.

Why would I need an endodontic procedure? 

You may need an endodontic treatment to help save an infected or damaged tooth before it’s too late.

Some of the most common signs that an endodontic procedure, like a root canal, is necessary for your oral health are:

  • Sudden tooth pain
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to cold and heat
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gum inflammation

In many cases, you may not realize you have an infected tooth, so it’s important to schedule bi-annual dental visits to stay up to date on your oral health.

What is a root canal? 

A root canal is an endodontic procedure in which infected pulp inside of your damaged tooth is removed and replaced with a rubber material called gutta-percha.

When compared to more intense endodontic treatments, a root canal is relatively easy and painless. 

Once it is decided that a root canal can help save your tooth, Dr. Hansen will drill a small hole into your tooth and clean out your infected pulp, which you no longer need in adulthood. Next, he will flush away the tooth debris and seal up the small access hole.

At your follow-up appointment, Dr. Hansen will fill the empty interior of your tooth with gutta-percha and seal the tooth with a filling to ensure that your once-infected tooth looks and feels just like the rest of your natural teeth.

Root canals are highly successful procedures, and most patients notice a change in their tooth pain right away.

What are some other endodontic treatments?

There are a number of endodontic procedures besides root canals. Some of the most common include:

Endodontic retreatment

Endodontic retreatments are recommended if Dr. Hansen suspects that your tooth is infected again. During the procedure, your tooth is reopened and examined, cleaned, and given a new filling.

Endodontic surgery

Widely considered the most intense type of endodontic procedure, endodontic surgery is performed when calcium deposits are left behind by root canals, or when the root surfaces or surrounding bone has become damaged. 

Call Hansen Dental Care today or book an appointment online to learn more about the endodontic treatments the practice offers.