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If you have any questions or concerns about our dental services or our Encino Dentists, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us using the information provided below.

Lasting Impressions Dental Spa
Isaac K. Kashani, DDS
16101 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 350
Encino, CA 91436
Phone: (818) 751-5100

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Don't Give Up on Your Teeth

Dr. Isaac Kashani or our Specialist Dr. Sadegh Namazikah can  repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected.

Endodontics, from the Greek “Inside” and “Tooth”, is a specialized form of dentistry dealing with the pulp of the tooth, as well as the tissues around the tooth’s root. But you may know its most common procedure by another name: The root canal.
An Encino root canal is a treatment whereby teeth with diseased nerves, decay, and infection can be salvaged and restored to usefulness. It is named after the natural cavity within the tooth, where the tooth pulp and nerve reside. If either become damaged or infected, bacteria begin to multiply in this space, causing pain, swelling, and inflammation. If left unchecked, it could spread to other areas of your face and neck, and ultimately result in bone loss in your tooth.
There are some signs that you may need a root canal. If you have any of the following symptoms, we encourage you to come in for a free consultation to see if you require endodontic services in Encino.

  • Severe toothache when chewing, or with applied pressure.
  • Continued sensitivity/pain in response to hot or cold temperatures after the hot or cold item has been removed.
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tender, swollen gums
  • Recurring gum pimples (sign of an abscess draining into the gum)

The best course of action, if you feel you  may need a root canal, would be to schedule a free consultation with your local Encino dentist, preferably one who specializes in Endodontics in Encino. Dr. Kashani, of Lasting Dental Impressions, will discuss with you the best way to go about the procedure, but generally it will follow this pattern.

  • An x-ray will be taken to determine the severity of the infection, and if it is near the bone. This will also help them see the shape of the root canal.
  • Local anesthesia will be applied to numb the area.
  • A rubber dam (sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth, to keep the area free of saliva.
  • The dentist will drill a small hole in the tooth, through which the pulp, bacteria, and destroyed nerve tissue is removed.
  • Once the tooth is clean, the dentist will seal the tooth. If medication is required to continue the cleaning process, they may wait a week before sealing it or they may seal it on the same day. If the root canal process takes longer than one day, a temporary filling is plugged into the hole to keep it free of bacteria.
  • The tooth may need further restorative treatment, such as a crown, or other such restorative measures to keep it from breaking, and bring it back to full use. Further dental work is always discussed with you beforehand.