When many people are told that they need a root canal treatment, 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 canal treatments 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 canal treatments with pain and discomfort. But local anesthetics and advancements in modern dentistry have made root canal treatments highly tolerable procedures. Upon completion, a restored tooth that has undergone a root canal treatment will blend in with surrounding teeth and virtually undetectable to the average eye. More than 9 out of 10 root canal treatment procedures are successful, and most treatments last many years or even a lifetime.
After most root canal procedures, you will need a crown over the treated tooth because the tooth may be at high risk of fracture without the protection provided by the crown. In addition, the crown will restore the natural appearance of your tooth. We offer beautiful dental crowns for our patients who have teeth that need additional protection or replacement. We offer several options in crowns and replacement teeth that are functional and look natural, helping you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for a root canal treatment?
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 treatment. 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 canal treatments can last for decades after the procedure.
What should I expect during my root canal treatment?
Root canal treatments 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 treatment will need a dental crown placed to protect them from further damage.
Is a dental crown right for me?
Dental crowns are used to repair broken or severely damaged teeth, offering full protection for the existing tooth underneath. You may need a crown placed over a tooth that has sustained trauma or extensive dental treatments such as a root canal. The teeth towards the back are used for chewing and thus will almost always require a crown after a root canal treatment. The front teeth may or may not need a crown depending on several factors. Ask your dentist for your options.
What should I expect when I have my crown or bridge placed?
To create dental crowns, an impression is taken of the tooth or teeth at our office and then sent to a dental lab for creation. Dental crowns can be made from porcelain to match the color of your teeth or from a variety of metals like silver or gold. While your permanent crown is being created, we will fit your tooth or teeth with temporary crown(s) to wear until your permanent crown arrives. When the crown(s) arrive, we will bond them in place and ensure your bite is comfortable.
What type of post-treatment care is required after a root canal treatment or crown placement?
You may have some inflammation, tenderness or sensitivity around the treated tooth for about a week after your root canal treatment, and you may experience some sensitivity or tenderness after a crown while your teeth and gums heal. However, the pain and sensitivity will quickly dissipate, and any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen. Our team will advise you of any abnormal symptoms that should be reported to us.
Root canal treatments 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.