June 25, 2018

When done effectively a root canal can alleviate serious tooth pain and save your teeth. If there is infection or inflammation all the way to the root of your tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth. When the procedure is not performed correctly, you may suffer from additional pain and infection and you may require additional treatment or must have the tooth removed.

The Steps of a Root Canal

Typically, the root canal procedure is completed in four steps. While patients often fear the procedure itself, the truth is that it’s a simple process and provides immense relief.

  • First, anesthesia is administered locally to numb the tooth, so you don’t feel any of the procedure.
  • Second, a small section is opened at the top of the tooth, so the dentist can access the inside of the tooth to remove diseased and damaged pulp.
  • Third, the small chamber is completely cleaned and dried, then filled with a rubber-like material. A temporary filling is placed over the tooth while the crown is being made.
  • Finally, a few weeks later, the dentist will place a permanent crown over the top of the tooth to make it look natural and complete the root canal treatment.

While a root canal is a common procedure, it must be done correctly to protect the mouth, teeth and gums. If there is a problem during the procedure, you may require retreatment. Failed root canals can often be fixed by re-treating the tooth, but some require surgery to access the very tip of the root.

Some teeth have an extra canal, others may have a crack in the root or there may be a mishap with the equipment used to perform the procedure. These are all common reasons for failed root canals, and things that Dr. Subka takes very seriously.

Contact Us Today

If you are tired of dealing with pain from your teeth, we can help. Dr. Subka is an experienced, qualified dentist in Thousand Oaks, CA that performs the root canal treatment right the first time to save you time and money.



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