If you have a decayed, diseased, or painful tooth, you might qualify for a root canal. At Lombard Dental Studio in Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Oxnard & Agoura Hills, California, Dr. Vadim Lebovich offer routine root canal procedures for patients who want efficient, comfortable dental care. To schedule a consultation, use the easy online booking system today.
When a tooth is damaged due to decay or disease, a root canal can save the tooth from further deterioration or infection. As a procedure that treats and removes the underlying, infected pulp of the tooth, a root canal can offer relief from pain and aching that is commonly associated with a diseased tooth.
While root canals have a painful reputation, your comfort is the top priority of the providers at Lombard Dental Studio. The procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia, and you won’t feel any pain during the appointment.
After a root canal, you might experience some tenderness or slight pain, but most patients easily manage this with over-the-counter pain relievers.
A full root canal is usually completed in one or two sessions with your dentist. In some cases, three or more appointments might be required.
First, your dentist numbs the tooth and the surrounding area with a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any sensation or pain during the procedure. If you have any crowns or dental restorations, he removes these before continuing.
Next, he uses special tools to drill through the top of the tooth and access the underlying pulp. He cleans the pulp or removes some of it, if necessary. The cavity created from the drilling is sealed and filled with a special substance that helps to prevent further infection of the pulp.
You might experience some tenderness in the area for several days or weeks following your root canal. However, a root canal that is done properly reduces pain in the affected tooth and also prevents further complications that can develop in nearby teeth.
You might also experience a better bite, more comfortable chewing, or improved speech patterns after a successful root canal.