Paulo Cortes, DMD
Dentist located in Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA
Root Canals Specialist
At San Diego Smile Center, Dr. Paulo Cortes and his staff serve many area communities near Mira Mesa in the San Diego – Dental Implants san diego. They offer a variety of services including the use of root canals to help prevent tooth loss. By performing a root canal, Dr. Cortes can often save a tooth that would have otherwise been lost due to infection.
Root Canals Q & A
What Causes a Root Canal to Fail?
Root canals often fail because small pockets of infection are missed. Along the nerve, many small channels travel deep into the tissue. If the infection becomes trapped, a dentist may not be able to locate it all without removing extensive amounts of pulp tissue.
If a root canal fails, Dr. Cortes removes the temporary crown from the tooth. He re-enters the tooth and attempts to locate the rest of the infection. Once he’s finished, he replaces the crown and allows the tooth to heal. Once he has completely removed the infection, your symptoms begin disappearing over a period of three or four days.
Why are Temporary Crowns Used?
A crown — typically made of a composite or resin material and are easily replaced — is meant to be permanently attached to a tooth. Dr. Cortes puts a temporary crown in place after a root canal so he can easily remove it if the infection wasn’t eliminated with the first procedure.
Once Dr. Cortes determines that the infection is gone and the tooth has fully healed, he removes the temporary crown and replaces it with a permanent one made out of dental porcelain.
The permanent crown is designed to be as permanent as possible. Some may last as long as ten years or longer without experiencing any damage.
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Accepted Insurance Providers
At San Diego Smile Center, we are dedicated to our patients’ dental health. We accept a variety of insurance providers to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.
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