When many people are told they need a root canal, they are concerned about the procedure being painful. At Paul Jang Dentistry, we use the latest dental technology and techniques in general dentistry to make root canals as quick and painless as possible. Most root canals can now be performed in one visit and are comparable in discomfort to getting a tooth filled for decay. Plus, they can stop the severe pain of an infected tooth and protect the tooth from loss. There is a very high success rate and longevity for most root canal treatments.
Many patients associate root canals with pain and discomfort.
But local anesthetics and advancements in modern dentistry have made root canals highly tolerable procedures that are often no less comfortable than getting a standard filling. Upon completion, a restored tooth that has undergone a root canal will blend in with surrounding teeth – virtually undetectable to the average eye. More than 9 out of 10 root canal procedures are successful, and most treatments last many years or even a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for a root canal?
If you have a tooth that is infected or has decay that has entered the inner canals of the tooth, you may be a good candidate for a root canal. This procedure removes the infection and diseased portion of the tooth inside the canals, while retaining the tooth structure. This is a good option to retain your natural teeth. Many teeth that have undergone root canals can last for decades after the procedure.
What should I expect during my root canal treatment?
Root canals are like decay removal for the patient, but involve more intricate knowledge and preparation for our dentist. Local anesthesia is used to numb the tooth nerves and the canals of the tooth are cleared of any decay or infection. Once the canals are disinfected, they are repacked with a sterile material and sealed. Most teeth that undergo a root canal will need a dental crown placed to protect them from further damage.
What type of post-treatment care is required after a root canal?
You may have some inflammation, tenderness or sensitivity around the treated tooth for about a week after your root canal. However, you can eat and care for your teeth as normal. Our team will advise you of any abnormal symptoms that should be reported to us.
Root canals can be a relief to those suffering from infected tooth pain and offer an alternative to tooth extraction. Paul Jang Dentistry offers gentle, effective root canals at our office in Moorpark – contact us today for a consultation.