Expert Root Canal Therapy in Newbury Park
At Elite Dentistry, our excellent team is ready to help you restore your oral and overall health and relieve any dental pain with root canal therapy. Depending on your situation, treating the inner part of the tooth will help us save your tooth and avoid extraction.
Igal Leizerovich, DDS believes that early detection of tooth decay is key in taking care of your overall health. That’s why we make sure to perform regular checkups and examinations to detect and fix any dental problems as early as possible. If you are experiencing pain or suspect your teeth might have a cavity or decay, don’t wait. Call us and let us free your smile from any pain or discomfort.
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The Importance of Root Canal Therapy Explained!
Root canal therapy (RCT) is a conservative approach to heal a tooth with deep decay. If your tooth suffers deep decay, no amount of brushing, flossing, or rinsing can help fix the problem at this stage. In addition to the pain a decaying tooth can cause, it can also cause serious health problems. If an infection in a tooth’s root is left untreated, it can enter the bloodstream and spread, resulting in unwanted complications for your overall health such as heart and lung disease.
During RCT we work to preserve the natural structure of your tooth by removing the infected part inside it, then cleaning and sealing the tooth to avoid further infection.
What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?
RCT involves the following steps:
- Dr. Leizerovich will take x-rays of the infected tooth. Then he will numb the area by administering a local anesthetic.
- A tiny opening is created in the tooth, and a special tool is used to remove the diseased tissue from the pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue inside of the tooth, including nerves and blood vessels.
- Our dentist then cleans the pulp chamber and root canals.
- Finally, the chambers are filled with an antibacterial material and often sealed with a filling or crown for long-lasting protection.
How Long Does It Take?
RCT may need 1-2 visits depending on the complexity of the infection. During the first appointment, Dr. Leizerovich removes the infected pulp and places a temporary filling to protect the tooth. In the second visit, the root canal is cleaned, filled, and sealed with a crown to prevent infections. Each appointment lasts around 90 minutes.
Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?
The answer is no. RCT shouldn’t cause more discomfort than a filling. The cause of the pain is usually the infected tooth since the nerves are inflamed by infection. Root canal therapy relieves that pain.
What Happens After My Root Canal Procedure?
Your treated tooth might be sensitive for a few days, but with over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatories, any discomfort can usually be relieved.
We recommend you don’t chew on that tooth until we place your permanent crown, which could be up to a few days later.
What if I Still Feel Pain After a Root Canal Treatment?
At this point, we perform an apicoectomy, a minor surgical procedure that’s beneficial if an infection develops after a root canal treatment was performed.
Is Root Canal Therapy Safe?
In addition to root canal therapy being safe and effective in eliminating bacteria from the infected roots of your teeth, Dr. Leizerovich is a highly experienced doctor, with great expertise in this treatment. This therapy prevents bad bacteria from entering your bloodstream.
What Are Signs I Might Need RCT?
You might feel symptoms that indicate the need for RCT like a severe, persistent toothache when chewing foods or inflamed gum tissue. Another common symptom is having prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold drinks.
It is also imperative to note that sometimes there are no symptoms until the situation gets severe. That is why regular visits to our practice are so important, as we can assist you with early detection of anything that might affect your oral health.
Which Is Better for Me - Root Canal Treatment or Extraction?
Dr. Leizerovich recommends extraction as a last resort. Research shows that RCT is the better option for your oral and overall health in the long term. For that, we always try to retain as much of your original tooth as possible.
If your tooth has been compromised by damage or severe decay, restorative treatments like root canal therapy are one of the most conservative therapies in dentistry.
Is There a Way to Avoid a Root Canal Infection in the Future?
Keeping your teeth healthy through regular hygiene and smart choices is the best way to avoid dental infection. While there’s no guaranteed way to prevent decay, these simple steps can make a huge difference.
- Frequent brushing and flossing will help keep your teeth free from decay.
- Eat a healthy, low-sugar diet and limit acidic drinks like soda or wine.
- Avoid smoking and tobacco use.
- Stay consistent with your cleanings and examinations every six months.
Keep Your Bright Smile Free from Pain
If you are suffering any pain and would like to know more about repairing damaged teeth, contact Elite Dentistry today! Practicing since 1995, Dr. Igal Leizerovich serves patients in Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, and nearby areas, with great passion and eagerness to relieve any dental issues. Let us help you enjoy your healthiest smile!
CALL US: (805) 375-1444 REQUEST APPOINTMENT