Root Canal

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Root canal stories have a history of scaring patients, but we’re about to debunk some myths and ease those worries. With Dr. Jonah Tabrizi’s gentle touch and expert care at El Dorado Hills Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, root canal therapy is nothing to fear!

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a treatment designed to save and repair a tooth that’s badly decayed or infected. Contrary to popular belief, the procedure itself is typically no more painful than getting a filling. The name “root canal” comes from cleaning the canals inside the tooth’s root.

The Root Canal Process

  1. Diagnosis: Using X-rays, Dr. Tabrizi will assess the extent of the tooth’s decay and make a plan for the procedure.
  2. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia will be applied, ensuring you don’t feel a thing during the procedure.
  3. Diving In: A small opening is made atop the tooth, and the damaged pulp (nerve tissue) is removed. 
  4. Cleaning and Sealing: After cleaning and shaping the inside, the tooth is sealed to prevent future infections.
  5. Restoration: Most teeth that require a root canal also need a crown to restore the tooth to its full glory.

Post-Treatment Care

After the procedure, you might feel some discomfort, but it’s generally mild and can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers. Dr. Tabrizi will provide guidance tailored to your specific situation.

A few general post-treatment tips include:

  • Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until fully restored.
  • Regularly brush and floss.
  • Attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Tabrizi.

Symptoms to Ask Dr. Tabrizi About

If you’re experiencing the following tooth symptoms, talk to Dr. Jonah Tabrizi. It might not mean getting a root canal, but it’s worth looking into when you’re experiencing something out of the ordinary!

  • Consistent tooth paint
  • Lasting sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Swelling or tenderness in the gums
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swollen jaw
  • Loose or unstable teeth
  • Cracks, chips, or breaks in the teeth

Root Canal FAQ

  • Do I need to see an Endodontist for a root canal? While an Endodontist specializes in root canals, many general dentists, like Dr. Tabrizi, are skilled in performing the procedure. 
  • Will the tooth need extra care after the procedure? Not necessarily. Once a tooth is treated and restored, care for it just like any other tooth!
  • How long does the procedure take? Typically, it ranges from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the tooth and the extent of the decay.
  • What about pain relief? After the procedure, over-the-counter painkillers are often strong enough to handle a root canal. You’ll also find you’ll have relief from the pain of an infected tooth!

Pricing and Insurance

Alright, let’s talk dollars and cents. While the price of root canal therapy can vary based on your specific needs, one thing’s certain: the cost of NOT getting a necessary root canal is far higher. In the long-term, saving a natural tooth means preventing a myriad of other potential issues, not to mention the additional treatments and costs that would entail.

Insurance can often help mitigate the costs. Our dedicated team at El Dorado Hills Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry will work with you to understand your insurance benefits and provide clear, up-front pricing details.

Remember, investing in a root canal today can save you money, time, and discomfort down the line.

Call to Schedule an Appointment Today

If you suspect you might need a root canal or simply have questions about the procedure, don’t hesitate to call us at (916) 941-1515. Dr. Jonah Tabrizi and our endodontic-savvy team are here to guide you every step of the way. In El Dorado Hills, you’ve got dental allies ready to help you keep that smile shining brightly. See you soon!

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