Root Canal Overview
When detected soon enough, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. But when the decay moves beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you may need a root canal. Also called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at The Dental Office Encino removes the decayed pulp from the tooth, disinfects the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Board-certified dentists Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard may recommend this therapy to their Encino, CA patients because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from extending to other teeth (which creates additional issues).
If you think you could benefit from root canal therapy, we understand if you might have reservations about undergoing the procedure. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often shy away from going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of anxiety and fear. Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard along with their staff try very hard to keep you at ease and comfortable, but we also provide sedation for any fear and anxiety. Call The Dental Office Encino to arrange a consult with Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard for more information on root canal therapy and sedation dentistry.
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Best Candidates for Root Canal
An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth might be the result of a severe crack or deep cavity in your tooth or a physical injury. Common signs that you might have a tooth infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth and surrounding gum tissue. If the infected pulp is not treated, the pain and swelling will increase as the infection spreads to the rest of your mouth. Schedule an appointment at The Dental Office Encino at your earliest convenience if you notice any changes in your mouth. If you have reservations or fears about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental treatments.
What To Expect from a Root Canal
Prior to the treatment, your options for anesthesia will be discussed with Dr. Howard. We do not want you to feel nervous, anxious, or scared during your appointment. Several individuals opt for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation during a root canal. Dr. Howard understand and empathize with those who have dental phobias, so will try to help you make the best decision for your sedation needs.
To perform an endodontic procedure, Dr. Howard will examine the innermost part of your tooth and carefully extract the affected pulp. Next, the inner chamber will be meticulously cleaned to eliminate any remaining decay. To conclude the procedure, the tooth is filled with a dental material to seal and protect it from further decay.
Root Canal Recovery
Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult take you home following your appointment. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but these symptoms are minor and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. We ask that you schedule a checkup about six months post-procedure. Dr. Howard will examine the area to determine if the infection has been fully treated. Afterward, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings to maintain your oral health.
During your consult, Dr. Howard will discuss cost estimates to develop your treatment plan based on your health needs and budget. If you currently have dental insurance, we will speak with your provider to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, The Dental Office Encino takes a number of payment methods and can assist you in finding medical financing options.
Root Canal Therapy
Due to developments in the medical industry, a root canal is now a fast and effective treatment for an infected tooth. Along with your choice of sedation, your root canal at The Dental Office Encino can help you avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Contact our team in Encino, CA to arrange a consultation with board-certified dentist Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard so he can tell you more about root canal therapy and how to improve your dental health.