How does root canal therapy work?

All teeth possess between one and four root canals, or tiny passageways inside the tooth that extend all the way down to the root. When tooth decay is left untreated, an infection can develop that affects the pulp of the tooth, which houses the blood vessels, nerves and other structures, As the infection progresses, it can affect the roots as well, causing pain, sensitivity and the development of an abscess.

When this occurs, the only way to treat the infection and prevent permanent tooth loss among our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients is with root canal therapy. An incredible treatment with a remarkable success rate, it works by preventing the infection from spreading further and restoring the healthy tooth structure.

How much pain is associated with root canal therapy?

At Northridge.Dental, your overall comfort is our number one priority. We believe treating decay and restoring your oral health should be a pain-free experience – and that’s precisely what we aim to deliver for our Northridge patients. Although root canal therapy has a reputation for being very painful, when it’s performed by gentle and experienced specialists, like our team at Northridge.Dental, it’s an extremely comfortable experience associated with very minimal discomfort.

Gentle and effective root canal therapy

Resolving an infection in your root canals will typically require one to three office visits, depending on the severity of the disease. During your initial visit to our Northridge office, we will collect x-rays to examine your root canals and compose a customized treatment plan to address the issue. We will then apply a powerful local anesthetic to numb the area, ensuring a completely pain-free experience. From there, we’ll isolate the tooth to prevent moisture from interfering with our process, before drilling an access hole into the tooth. Through that hole, we will remove the diseased pulp, bacteria, damaged nerve tissue and any other debris in the area. If no active infection is present at that point, we will finish the repair by sealing the tooth.

If you still have an active infection, we will not seal the tooth immediately. Instead, we will place medication inside the tooth to treat the issue, along with a temporary filling to protect the area. In about one week, we’ll have you return to our office, so we can permanently seal the tooth.

Once your tooth has been sealed, you may require an additional restoration. This is because root canal therapy often calls for a large filling to treat extensive decay, so a dental crown may be necessary to restore your optimal function and strengthen the tooth. During your final appointment, we will discuss your restoration options with you and help you determine if you require a crown to ensure an optimal and long-lasting repair.