A root canal is a very common dental treatment for avoiding the loss of damaged or unhealthy teeth. The procedure can help you keep your complete smile and prevent extensive restorative measures. Just as importantly, the right technique and treatment plan can make your care more comfortable, gentle, and efficient.
Dr. Robert M. Solow has provided Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients with root canals and other dental procedures for many years. His work prioritizes the patient experience, aesthetically appealing results, and lasting outcomes. As a patient, you will benefit from a supportive, friendly, and knowledgeable staff that is committed to your care.
Understanding the Treatment of a Root Canal
At the center of each of your teeth is soft tissue, or “pulp,” which includes nerve tissue and blood vessels. The pulp runs from the top of the tooth all the way down through canals in the tooth roots. If the pulp is damaged, it can become severely infected and potentially form an abscess. Usually this results in a very painful toothache which requires immediate attention.
Dr. Solow can perform a root canal to treat these problems. In the procedure, he removes the nerves, cleans, shapes and fills the canals, and returns a natural and undamaged appearance to the tooth. The treatment should not affect biting, chewing, smiling, or any of the other healthy and cosmetic functions of your teeth.
Dr. Solow’s Approach to Root Canal
Consider a visit to our practice in the Woodland Hills and Calabasas area if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Severe toothache or tooth sensitivity.
- Tooth discoloration.
- Swollen areas in the gum tissue near the teeth.
During your appointment, Dr. Solow will conduct a comprehensive examination to evaluate your teeth and gums. If you have a tooth that is damaged or diseased, he will discuss several treatment options with you, which could potentially include a root canal.
Some Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients have anxiety about getting a root canal, in part because of the infamous reputation the treatment has acquired. In past years, doctors performed a root canal treatment as an extended procedure over multiple dental visits. Dr. Solow makes the experience significantly more comfortable by completing the root canal in a single visit whenever possible.
Why don’t more dentists plan for a single visit root canal?
Practitioners often schedule shorter appointments to see more patients in a day, which limits the time they can commit to a given procedure. Dr. Solow’s practice works differently, scheduling extended appointments for Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients to provide them with the time and attention they need.
During your root canal procedure:
- Dr. Solow will numb the tooth so that you don’t feel anything during treatment.
- He will access the pulp layer of the tooth to clean and sterilize it.
- Dr. Solow will shape the root canals and seal around the roots to protect them from future infection.
- He will restore function and aesthetics to the tooth.
Common Questions About a Root Canal
Are Root Canals painful?
This is the first question many Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients ask Dr. Solow. Other than some soreness following treatment, a root canal does not cause a lot of discomfort, and some patients report no pain at all. The symptoms that treatment resolves are typically much more severe than the root canal, and numbing the area should make your experience during the procedure much more manageable.
What will my tooth look like after root canal?
The restoration Dr. Solow places should give you a tooth that looks and functions like your own natural teeth.
What should I do as part of recovery following root canal?
Typically, our practice recommends that you get some rest, stick to a soft diet, and take the appropriate pain medication if necessary. We will provide more extensive guidelines as part of your care.
If you are experiencing problems with your teeth or gums, it is always best to talk with Dr. Solow about treatment options, including root canal treatment.
Contact Dr. Solow at his office in the Woodland Hills and Calabasas area online or by phone at (818) 999-0104 for an appointment.