Woodland Hills Root Canal Therapy – Southern Cal Smiles
Dental pulp is soft tissue inside your teeth that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. If this pulp becomes infected and diseased, it needs to be removed and the inside of your tooth cleaned and sealed during a procedure called a root canal. Dr. Fredericks of Southern Cal Smiles treats Woodland Hills root canal patients who are looking for a stress-free experience. In the past, root canals have had a nasty reputation; but today, under the care of a skilled professional, the experience can be free of pain and complications.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Root canals treat the infected pulp of a tooth. The pulp can become infected in several ways: either through exposure to oral bacteria (because of a cavity) or by fracturing after sudden force. In these two scenarios, the tooth will start to die; to save it from requiring extraction, Dr. Fredericks must perform a root canal.
How will you know if the pulp of your tooth is infected and your tooth has started to die? As your body’s inflammation response system kicks in, you’ll likely have a serious toothache. Tooth discoloration and swelling or irritation in the gum tissue may also signal a problem with the dental pulp. For the best outcome, you should immediately contact Dr. Fredericks for a consultation.
Root Canal Therapy: What to Expect
Dr. Fredericks performs root canals at her Woodland Hills dental practice. First, she administers local anesthetic to prevent you from feeling anything during the procedure. Then, she will carefully make a small hole in the chewing surface of your tooth to access the tooth’s root. She will clean the diseased pulp from the root canal and disinfect the tooth. Then she seals the hollowed area with a special material and fills the hole with a temporary or permanent filling. Once the tooth has healed, Dr. Fredericks may place a permanent restoration (e.g., a dental filling or crown) to strengthen the tooth’s structure.
After your root canal, Dr. Fredericks will give you specific instructions for caring for your tooth as it recovers. If you experience any post-operative soreness or discomfort, she can prescribe a pain medication. She will also answer any questions you have about the recovery process.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Fredericks
To get more information about root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal smiles. Call or email us today for an appointment.