Dr. John Chaves
Dr. John Chaves
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Root Canal is the long passage full of soft tissue (refers to tissues that connect, support, or surround other structures and organs of the body) that is located underneath the tooth dentin which adjoin in the pulp chamber. There are one up to four canals found in the human tooth. Damaged or dead pulps can cause pain in our tooth because it increases the blood flow and cellular activity of our tooth. Infected pulp due to cavity or fractures may allow bacteria to seep into our tooth that causes the pulp to die. When this occurs our tooth must have its treatment before the infection spreads and pain gets worse. Our tooth doesn’t heal by itself that is why the dentist sometimes suggests undergoing tooth extraction. However, tooth extraction can cause a bad bite which is why tooth extraction is followed by a tooth implant or bridge. Although, a tooth implant or bridge is expensive the dentist may suggest you a cheaper treatment like root canal therapy (a dental procedure done to save damaged or dead pulp in the root canal of the tooth). Because keeping our original tooth is still the best choice of common patients.

Root canal therapy is a type of procedure that enables the patient to keep the original tooth by filling the canal with gutta percha (a rubber-like material), to prevent recontamination of the tooth. The tooth then will be permanently sealed with porcelain or gold, depending upon the patient choice. Root canal therapy usually takes one to three sessions.

The following are the step by step methods of root canal therapy:
  • A local anesthetic will probably be given to you to numb the area.
  • A rubber sheet is then placed around the tooth to isolate it.
  • Next, a gap is drilled from the crown into the pulp chamber, which, along with any infected root canal, is cleaned of all diseased pulp and reshaped.
  • Medication may be inserted into the area to fight bacteria. Depending on the condition of the tooth, the crown may then be sealed temporarily to guard against recontamination, or the tooth may be left open to drain, or the dentist may go right ahead and fill the canals.

After a successful root canal therapy, a follow up exam is strongly advised to monitor the tissue healing by the dentist. Root canal treatment is proven to be 95 percent effective. A failed treatment is very rare. However, there are few cases when the dentist has redone the treatment because of the diseased canal offshoots that went unnoticed or the fracturing of a canal filing instrument. A failed treatment is sometimes marked by a pain.

5312 Comercio Lane, Suite A
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Phone 818-999-2707
Fax 818-703-1998


Services and Practice Overview

With Dr. John Chaves, D.D.S., you will find a dental clinician who is reassuring, passionate and 100% dedicated to the best possible outcome for your teeth. If you are setting an appointment for a general cleaning or if you are in need of advanced procedures such as fillings, broken tooth repair, a root canal, dental implants, bonding, porcelain veneers, advanced whitening, crown or crowns, restoration assessment, Dr. Chaves can help. Make an appointment today or call 818-999-2707 right now. If after hours, call and leave your name and number and a good time to call you back.

Locations Served

Although the office is located near Canoga and Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills, many patients travel a considerable distance to take advantage of the latest in high tech equipment and cutting edge sedation techniques. In addition to all of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. The office services many Ventura County suburbs as well. Clients have come as far as Atlanta and Alaska to have work performed by Dr. Chaves.

Why make an appointment today?

There are many good quality dentists and dental centers to choose from in and around the Southland and throughout California; many of which will offer a variety of sedation techniques to help you relax and do their best to create a painless environment for your dental work. Just about every dentist today can repair/fix a broken tooth using a variety of methods. Dr. John Chaves is one of these dentists. He has built his practice and has made a considerable investment by focusing on the creation of the highest comfort level possible (Cable TV, comfortable furniture, cutting edge sedation techniques) and a unique results oriented approach to dental care. You can choose to go to a dentist that is closest to where you live or you can make an appointment with Dr. Chaves and experience the very latest in dental techniques, dental technology and a staff that truly cares about you and your well being.
Cosmetic Dentistry News

Los Angeles Endodontist, Dr. Payman Kakoli, Offers Emergency Root Canal Treatments LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles endodontist, Dr. Payman Kakoli, offers emergency root canal treatments. A toothache may not sound like an emergency, but throbbing pain that worsens at night or that is accompanied by swelling, a bad taste, heightened sensitivity or other symptoms can indicate the need for an emergency root canal. Dr. Payman Kakoli is a premier root canal ...

Press Release CHICAGO March 31 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fewer Americans fear root canal treatment according to a recent survey by the American Association of Endodontists.

Over three-quarters of Americans favor root canal treatments Fewer Americans fear root canal treatment, according to a recent survey by the American Association of Endodontists. Just over half of those surveyed, 54 percent, said root canals make them apprehensive, down from 60 percent in 2013, and the lowest numbers reported since the AAE began its annual survey in 2011.

Getting to the root of root canal treatment According to the American Association of Endodontists, millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal treatment.

Dentist tried to cover up instrument mishap A dentist who left a patient with a piece of snapped equipment in his root canal has been criticised by the deputy health and disability commissioner.The dentist who didn't tell the patient the instrument had snapped, and tried...

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