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Root Canal Treatment Specialist

Madison Family Dental Group

General Dentist & Endodontist located in Fair Oaks, CA

Painful, tender teeth sensitive to hot or cold might need a root canal. To relieve your pain and save the infected tooth, contact the dental team at Madison Family Dental Group in Fair Oaks, California. Shiva Salehi, DDS, uses modern technology and methods that are relatively painless and make you comfortable throughout the procedure. Don’t hesitate to call or make an appointment online for root canal treatment with Madison Family Dental Group.

Root Canal Treatment Q&A

What is a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a type of endodontic therapy that saves an infected or damaged tooth that otherwise would have necessitated extraction. If untreated, the infected tooth may cause an apical abscess and eventually loss of jaw bone.

Do I need a root canal?

Here are the common signs and symptoms of infected pulp tissue that requires a root canal treatment:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tenderness when chewing or brushing
  • Tenderness in the nearby gums and soft tissue
  • A bad smell and abscesses

Dr. Salehi performs a comprehensive evaluation to decide whether a root canal is feasible for you.

How is a root canal performed?

A root canal is a four-step procedure that requires two to three office appointments.

First, Dr. Salehi numbs the tooth by administering a local anesthetic and isolates the tooth with a protective sheet. Next, she opens the crown to reach the pulp chamber and uses small files to clean the infected chamber and shape the canal for filling.

After the space is clean and dry, she fills the canal with a bio-compatible rubber-like material, called gutta-percha, along with an adhesive that seals the canal. A few weeks later, as the final step, the team at Madison Family Dental Group attaches a permanent crown, or some other type of restoration, to your tooth.

Will I have pain during or after the root canal treatment?

The team at Madison Family Dental Group uses state-of-the-art technology and anesthesia, so you’re comfortable during the procedure. After going home, for the first few days, you may feel that the tooth is more sensitive or feels different from other teeth.

Usually, over-the-counter pain medications or prescription medications will relieve the discomfort.

What precautions are necessary after root canal treatment?

The team at Madison Family Dental Group gives you a list of precautions to follow after the root canal procedure. For example, you should avoid chewing or biting on the treated tooth because it’s susceptible to fracture until your dentist fully restores it during your final visit.

Additionally, you must practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, cleaning, and regular preventive visits every six months. With proper care, your tooth will last as long as your other natural teeth.

To get a root canal from an expert practitioner, contact Madison Family Dental Group today. Call or book an appointment online to get started.