Why Choose Dr. Krauss?
The majority of Bakersfield Dental professionals can perform a root canal. The difference between Bakersfield Smile Design and the majority of local Bakersfield Dental practices is that our goal is to make sure your dental needs are met in the most effective way and with the least amount of discomfort.
Root Canals are infamously a painful experience and if done incorrectly and without great precision the swelling caused can be uncomfortable. Bakersfield Smile Design uses the absolute latest technology in combination with great skill in root canal techniques that ensure a comfortable procedure and minimal soreness during recovery.
Why Would I Need a Root Canal?
There are tiny canals within your tooth that may become infected. This leads to the pulp inside your tooth also becoming infected as well. Left untreated the entire tooth can become infected and infection can grown down the root to the jaw bone. Pain in the tooth is the most common and obvious symptom.
How are Root Canals Performed?
Depending on the number of teeth and how badly they are affected, root canals usually require one to two visits at our local Bakersfield Dental office. First, we numb the area around the affected tooth, or may offer you the option of mild sedation if preferred. A rubber dental dam is placed in the mouth and the tooth is then drilled to the pulp area. Using an electronic imaging device the root canals are measured after some of the pulp has been removed to ensure the entire canal is cleaned and so that enough of the filling material will be used to completely fill the canal.
All of the diseased pulp is removed, and the canal is cleaned out thoroughly with an antiseptic solution. This solution will clean all of the canals within the tooth. The canals are then filled and a temporary filling is then put on top of that. A crown or permanent filling will be done after there has been no sign of infection. Crowns are most common since the root canal procedure weakens the tooth. The crown is usually placed as soon as possible, within a month or less.
Will I be Sore?
Expect two to three days of minimal soreness after the procedure, or longer if the infection in the root canal was severe. The greatest benefit of a root canal is that it removes the infection and saves the tooth from having to be extracted in the future.
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Over 20 years of Cosmetic Dentistry and 15 years serving Bakersfield, California, Dr. Krauss has performed thousands of complete smile restorations. He helps patients make the best decisions for their smiles and oral health by sharing his expertise.