A root canal is often the preferred treatment method when treating advanced tooth decay. Dr. Haddad will always try to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible to help maintain the stability of the bite and jaw. Root canals allow Dr. Haddad to repair tooth decay without performing a tooth extraction. Root canals are a routine procedure done in the comfort of our Oxnard, CA dentist office.
While root canals often have a bad reputation for being a painful procedure, the reality is that most patients find it no more uncomfortable than a standard tooth filling. The pain associated with root canals comes from the infection itself. Advanced tooth decay can cause a considerable amount of pain in the tooth but once removed, patients generally experience almost instant relief.
Root Canal: What to Expect
The root canal procedure will begin with Dr. Haddad removing the infected tooth material. Using a tiny drill, Dr. Haddad will put a hole in the tooth to gain access to the pulp of the tooth. Then, Dr. Haddad will remove the infection from the pulp by gently scraping the inside of the tooth. Once we fully remove the infection, we thoroughly clean the tooth and fill it with a biocompatible material.
For many patients, Dr. Haddad may recommend a dental crown. The dental crown will fit over the natural tooth for added support. Dental crowns use high-quality modern dental materials that look and feel like natural teeth. Your dental crown will be custom fabricated to be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Root Canal FAQs
Does a root canal hurt?
This is one of the most common misconceptions about root canals. The source of the pain is the infection and pressure inside your tooth. A root canal eases this pressure and often alleviates your pain. You shouldn’t experience more pain as a result of a root canal.
Can I go back to work after a root canal?
Usually, we recommend that you go back to work or school the day after a root canal. Take the rest of the day off so that the anesthetic can wear off, and you can rest after the procedure. The next day, you should be good to go!
How soon can I eat after a root canal?
Technically, you can eat after about 30-45 minutes. Things should be sealed off and hardened by then. We recommend starting with soft foods and working your way up. However, you may want to wait until the numbness wears off so you don’t accidentally bite your tongue or cheek.
Can infection occur after a root canal?
Infection is always a possibility after a procedure like this. It’s important to follow all of the aftercare instructions from the dentist. If you experience severe pain for days or swelling around the specific tooth, call us immediately. You should also call us if you’re experiencing any symptoms similar to the ones you had originally.
Is my tooth fragile after a root canal?
A root canal procedure impacts the stability of the tooth, even though the hollow area is filled with biocompatible material. However, a dental crown is usually used to give you back full function in your tooth. A crown allows your tooth to perform like it normally would and can keep your tooth stable for years to come.
Do I need a root canal?
If you’re experiencing pain, swelling, a fever, or any other signs of infection around a certain tooth, get an exam from your dentist. We believe in conservative care and will take every measure to save your natural tooth structure, including a root canal procedure. In extreme instances of infection or decay, the tooth may need to be extracted to preserve your overall oral health.