The prospect of getting a root canal can be scary, but if you have the right dentist, it can be a relatively painless experience. Often the tooth’s infection is more painful than the root canal treatment procedure. Dr. Melissa Khurasany offers patients a gentle experience and can answer any questions you have about the procedure. If you need a root canal, book a consultation with Dr. Khurasany at Claremont Dental Arts in Claremont, California.
A root canal is a procedure that’s done to save a tooth that is severely infected. Inside your root canal is a soft tissue called pulp, which can become inflamed or infected. The cause of infection can be due to:
During the root canal, Dr. Khurasany will remove the infected pulp, carefully clean the inside of your root canal, fill the space with a rubber-like material, and then seal the space. After sealing, Dr. Khurasany will install a temporary filling and then wait a few weeks before placing a permanent filling or crown.
Without treatment, a root canal infection can become so severe that the tooth will need to be removed, so it’s important that you get it taken care of as soon as possible. Contact Dr. Khurasany at Claremont Dental Arts if you have a root canal infection that needs treatment.
At the beginning of your root canal procedure, Dr. Khurasany will give you a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the area around it. Most patients report that they’re comfortable during the procedure, and that it’s no more painful than getting a filling.
After the procedure, your face may be numb for a few hours from the anesthesia. For the first few days, your tooth may be sensitive, but you can take over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers to relieve it.
Root canals have a more than 95% success rate. For many people who receive root canal treatments, the restoration of the tooth can last a lifetime.
While it depends on which tooth is receiving treatment — molars are usually more difficult to treat and more expensive — most dental insurance policies do provide some coverage for root canals. To book a consultation and learn more about root canal treatment costs and more, contact Dr. Khurasany at Claremont Dental Arts.