Sleep Through Your Root Canal at Our San Diego Office
We know that no one enjoys getting a root canal, but we’re committed to making the experience as comfortable as possible. Our anesthesiologist will administer sedation to make sure you’re unconscious through the entire procedure, which is usually completed within a two-hour period. Sleeping through the actual surgery will make your experience much less painful.
When Do You Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy, also called endodontic treatment, is needed when the pulp inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp contains the nerve and blood supply for a tooth.
Pulp infection or inflammation can be caused by a variety of things: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Trauma to a tooth can damage the pulp, even in the absence of chips or cracks. If pulp infection or inflammation goes untreated, it can lead to pain or a dental abscess. An abscess may require that the tooth be extracted.
The Root Canal Procedure
At Sedation Dental Center San Diego, root canal therapy is performed by our experienced team of dentists and anesthesiologists. During a root canal, the dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp and then carefully cleans and disinfects the tooth. The tooth is then filled and sealed with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material. Once the affected pulp is removed and the root apex is sealed, the dentist will cover the tooth with a crown to help protect the tooth.
Root Canal Recovery
Your tooth may feel sensitive for a few days after the treatment due to natural tissue inflammation; this is especially likely if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Sensitivity and discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or naproxen. Patients can usually return to regular activities the day after the procedure.
After recovery, your tooth will be as good as new — your root canal does not affect your tooth’s functionality. Root canals are typically very successful, with a greater than 94% success rate.
To determine if you need a root canal, our San Diego team is here to help. Schedule a consultation with our dentists today.