ROOT CANAL

Root canal therapy is required when an infection has reached the pulp of the tooth. This is often the last option for restoring a tooth damaged by decay. It is a delicate and precise procedure carried out by someone known as an endodontist, or endodontic specialist. Choosing a dentist with extensive experience in root canal therapy will increase the chances of success.

The procedure has a bad reputation as being painful and uncomfortable, but this is not always the case. Modern technology and experienced dentists can make the procedure more comfortable for the patient. Dental sedation can also help you to relax throughout the procedure, and help you to forget it quickly. If you suspect you need a root canal treatment, get in touch with Lasry Dental Clinic today.

Root Canal | Lasry Dental Clinic

Root canal in Beverly Hills

A root canal can help to maintain a natural tooth and is often the last option before extraction is required. An endodontic specialist can help you to determine if root canal therapy is required. They will take digital X-Rays of your jaw to assess the extent of the damage. If you are in pain due to damage to your nerve or inflammation in your cheek, you may also be given antibiotics and pain medication.

Once the root canal procedure is completed, you may be offered a dental crown or composite bonding to protect the remaining tooth. This can help to improve the appearance of your teeth, particularly if the underlying tooth is discolored due to decay. Root canal therapy success rates vary depending on the number of roots that need to be cleaned, and the placement of the tooth. Choosing an experienced endodontic dentist like Dr. Samuel Lasry will increase the chances of success.

The root canal procedure

A key part of the procedure is making sure that the area is sufficiently numbed before treatment begins. If you have an active infection, the anesthetic injection will provide immediate relief from your discomfort. Your dentist may use multiple injection sites to ensure your tooth and surrounding tissue are completely numb. Much like a cavity, your dentist will then use a drill to expose the infected dental canals.

The damaged portion of the tooth is removed using small specialist tools. The root canals are cleaned and then filled with packing material. Some teeth may also require small posts to help increase the strength of the remaining tooth. Finally, a dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to protect the underlying structure. This procedure may be completed in two visits, with a temporary crown placed between visits to protect your tooth. After the procedure, you may have mild pain for a few days, but this should be easily managed using Advil or a similar pain killer.

Root canal therapy for nervous patients

If you are nervous about a root canal treatment and considering avoiding treatment, we would advise against this. If you ignore the advice to have root canal therapy, the tooth pulp will eventually die and the tooth will need to be extracted. Instead, we recommend that nervous patients consider dental sedation.

We use oral sedation, which is taken just before your appointment. It will make you feel relaxed and you may even find you can drift off to sleep during your procedure. You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure and then you can sleep off your sedation. Most patients don’t remember their procedure when they wake up. If you’re nervous about root canal therapy, get in touch with our team to find out more.

Restoration options following a root canal

After root canal therapy, the tooth will need to be covered with a crown to protect the structure. A zirconia crown is incredibly strong and durable.

Some teeth may be suitable for composite bonding. This is a special resin that hardens under UV light and bonds to the tooth. It can be matched to the color of the surrounding teeth to make it appear more natural.

Some teeth may require a post to help support the crown. This will increase the durability of the tooth.

Dr. Lasry will explore these options with you during a dental consultation.

Hours of Operations
Monday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed Saturday -Sunday

FAQ about Root Canal

No, root canal therapy shouldn’t be painful. Dr. Lasry will ensure you are completely numb before starting any work. If you find it uncomfortable to sit still and keep your mouth open for a long time, dental sedation can help.

The duration of treatment depends on the location of the tooth and the complexity of the case. A simple root canal treatment can take as little as 30 minutes while more complex cases can last 90 minutes. Dental sedation can help this to pass much quicker and make you more comfortable.

Patients will typically wait 1-2 weeks between their root canal therapy and their crown placement. You must complete the treatment with a crown as the temporary crown will not protect your tooth structure.