What You Need To Know Before An Endodontic Procedure

Woodland Hills, CA dentist offers root canal

The thought of having any type of invasive dental treatment done can be overwhelming for many patients. You may have concerns about the length of the procedure, possible pain, and the recovery time needed. Our team at Woodland Hills Dental Arts in CA understands that this can be stressful, but we’re here to help. Procedures such as root canal treatment can seem intimidating, but it is a common practice that can be used to relieve discomfort and protect your oral health. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss what to expect from this treatment.

Root Canals Can Address Toothaches And More

When is a root canal treatment necessary? In general, this may be recommended when you have a serious cavity, infection, or deeply injured tooth. A simple dental filling can stop the progression of decay before it reaches the pulp. If it reaches this inner layer of tissue, it can cause pain, discomfort, and sensitivity. At this stage, endodontic care will be required to stop these side effects. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination of the area and will take X-rays. The damaged tissue will be removed, the space will be cleaned, and a stronger material will be added in its place.

Single Tooth Anesthesia Helps You Feel Comfortable

A common concern that patients have before oral surgeries and other invasive treatments is the worry of it being uncomfortable. We offer single tooth anesthesia that helps increase your comfort during the appointment. This is administered with a computerized system that allows your team to know when adjustments are necessary. It will be administered before the process begins so you can feel at ease. A root canal may take around an hour to complete, and you should have a friend or family member to drive you home afterward. Your team will give you specific aftercare instructions so that you can have an easy recovery.

Adding A Dental Crown For Further Protection

The pulp of your tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and other important tissues. When this is removed to relieve a serious cavity, it can leave your tooth feeling less supported. To further protect the area and ensure your smile can function normally, a dental crown will be added after your RCT. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps used to cover the top of your pearly whites. They are made of different materials depending on where they are placed. Porcelain and zirconia are used for more visible teeth, and porcelain-fused-to-metal is used for your back molars. Your dentist will take an impression of your smile to create a cap that fits precisely.

Talk To Our Team To Learn More

Have you been told you need endodontic care? Schedule an appointment with our team at Woodland Hills Dental Arts in CA today at 818.347.5124.