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March 22, 2024


Root Canals Demystified: What to Expect Before, During, and After

The mention of a "root canal" can evoke misunderstanding and fear, often leading to misconceptions about the procedure and its implications. However, our skilled professionals at Genesis Dental Esthetics in Pasadena can perform this procedure effectively to restore tooth health and function, often preventing extraction.

In this blog post, we will debunk the myths and provide a clear, detailed exploration of what you can expect from a root canal, from the initial diagnosis to post-treatment care. Whether considering a root canal or exploring dental care options for a healthy smile, we've got you covered.

Preparation for a Root Canal

The road to a root canal often begins with discomfort or pain that signals a problem with the soft tissue or "pulp" at the center of the tooth. The pulp can become infected or inflamed due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth; every case is different. Sensitivity to cold or hot, a sensation of persistent toothache, or even a pimple on the gum near the affected tooth can be symptoms that prompt our dentists in Pasadena, Dr. Ted Baghdasarian, to recommend a root canal.

The Initial Consultation

During your first visit, our professional team at Genesis Dental Esthetics in Pasadena will perform a thorough examination, which may include X-rays, to assess the extent of the infection. If a root canal is recommended, you will discuss the procedure with our dentist, Dr. Ted Baghdasarian in detail. This is your opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns you may have. Understanding the "why" and "how" behind your treatment helps alleviate anxiety and ensures you are an informed participant in your dental care.

During the Root Canal Procedure

The day of your root canal procedure can be less daunting if you anticipate each step.

Step-by-Step Breakdown

  1. Anesthesia - To ensure you are comfortable, local anesthesia is administered.
  2. Access Opening - A small access hole is drilled into the tooth to reach the pulp chamber.
  3. Cleaning - The diseased pulp is removed using specialized instruments, and the root canals are carefully cleaned to prevent future infection.
  4. Shaping - The root canals are shaped and smoothed to prepare for the filling.
  5. Filling - The root canals are filled with a rubbery material and sealed into place.
  6. Temporary Filling - The access opening is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling, and a crown may be recommended to protect the weakened tooth.

The duration of the procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the tooth's anatomy and the severity of the infection.

Pain Management and Comfort Measures

Dental technology has advanced significantly, improving the comfort of root canals. Dr. Ted Baghdasarian will use local anesthesia to numb the area, ensuring that you only feel pressure and not pain. We offer sedation dentistry for those who are anxious, and our clinic provides a calm and relaxing atmosphere with individualized attention.

Aftercare and Recovery

Post-procedure care is crucial to ensure the success of your root canal and to ease any temporary discomfort.

After your root canal, our professional dental team in Pasadena will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your tooth, including:

  • Proper oral hygiene techniques, with a focus on the treated area
  • Dietary recommendations to protect the temporary filling
  • Medication to manage any discomfort
  • Advice on when to follow up for the permanent restoration of your tooth

Once completely removed from all the bacteria, we will seal your tooth to protect it against further decay or damage. We will also seal the inside of your tooth to strengthen it further. Any additional procedures, like cosmetic restorations, can also be performed at this time.

Root canals, often perceived with trepidation, are demystified in this blog post. At Genesis Dental Esthetics in Pasadena, our dentists, Dr. Ted, prioritize patient comfort and dental health, offering effective root canal treatments in Pasadena that can salvage teeth and prevent the need for extraction.

Our dedicated team provides comprehensive root canal care, offering personalized attention and cutting-edge dental technology. From initial consultation to post-procedure support, we debunk myths, address concerns, and ensure a smooth experience from start to finish. If you're seeking relief from dental discomfort or exploring options for a healthier smile, trust our expert team for top-notch care.

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