Root Canals Specialist

1000Oaks Dental & Implants

Dentists located in Thousand Oaks, CA

The anticipation of a root canal procedure can be nerve-racking for a lot of men and women. A root canal doesn’t have to be a stressful, uncomfortable experience when you visit the skilled dental team at 1000Oaks Dental & Implants. The accomplished dental group at 1000Oaks Dental & Implants does root canals on a daily basis in Thousand Oaks, California. Call or book an appointment online if you’re worried about a root canal treatment.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, one of the accomplished dentists at 1000Oaks Dental & Implants takes out the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. In doing so, they are able to save your tooth and soothe your pain.

What leads to an infection in the tooth root?

Roots and tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury to the tooth or from a cavity that is left untreated. The infected tissue can develop inside the pulp or root of your tooth if you neglect to go to the dentist. If the infection develops any further this can lead to many other issues, so make sure you seek help.

How can I recognize an infected tooth?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. The usual symptoms of an infected tooth are:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness, especially when chewing
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Smelly, bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A bump on your gum like a small pimple

How is a root canal performed?

An experienced dentist at 1000Oaks Dental & Implants can typically mend your tooth in one or two appointments. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

At your appointment, one of the dentists at 1000Oaks Dental & Implants uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. Occasionally, they place a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard it and keep it sanitary throughout the process. Once your tooth is numb, the dentist creates a tiny opening in your tooth to access the area of infection inside the root.

Next, your dentist will clear away the unhealthy and infected pulp, then irrigate the area with water to clean it. After all diseased matter is gone, your dentist either seals the tooth or inserts a non-permanent filling to shield the tooth until you return for a permanent crown.

If you show any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, be sure to call 1000Oaks Dental & Implants or schedule a consultation online.