Root Canal Therapy in Thousand Oaks, CA

What is Root Canal Therapy?

When bacteria attack, they eat through the layers of your teeth. Enamel, the hard outer layer, is affected first, followed by the softer dentin layer, then finally to the inner part of your tooth, called the root canal. The root canal is the layer that contains the pulp. Once decay has reached the tooth pulp, it will need to be extracted and replaced to prevent further damage. With root canal therapy, Dr. Siddappa can save your natural tooth and relieve this pain, stopping the infection from spreading and affecting other teeth.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

You may need a root canal if you’ve experienced any of the following:

  • Trauma has rendered the tooth unsalvageable
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease has damaged the connective tissues and bone surrounding the tooth
  • Lack of room in the jawbone has caused overcrowding of the teeth

What to Expect With Root Canal Therapy

Before the procedure, one of our dentists will take an in-depth digital X-ray to determine how deep the infection has spread. We’ll administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth to ensure you feel no pain. Dr. Siddappa will remove the infected pulp from your tooth and replace it with a filling material called gutta-percha to keep your tooth strong. She will then repair your tooth and cover it with a natural-looking porcelain crown for extra protection.

Tooth Extractions

In some cases, root canal therapy may not be able to save the tooth and extraction is the only option to restore health to your smile. Removal may be necessary if:

  • Trauma has rendered the tooth unsalvageable
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease has damaged the connective tissues and bone surrounding the tooth
  • Lack of room in the jawbone has caused overcrowding of the teeth

During your tooth extraction, Dr. Siddappa is first and foremost concerned with your comfort. She’ll make sure the area surrounding the affected tooth is numb before beginning the procedure. Dr. Siddappa will continue to communicate with you during the procedure to make sure you are doing well.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

Does root canal therapy hurt?

The root canal procedure may involve some moderate pain and swelling. Local anesthesia is administered to make the pain minimal and manageable. Dr. Siddappa makes the procedure as pain-free as possible, using a gentle approach and your comfort is her top priority.

How long does root canal therapy take?

Typically, the root canal treatment procedure can take 30 to 60 minutes. More complex cases can take up to 90 minutes.

How can you tell if a tooth is dead?

Dying teeth may appear yellow, light brown, gray, or even black. The tooth may have a bruised look to it. The discoloration will increase over time as the tooth continues to decay and the nerve dies. A dead tooth is a tooth that is no longer receiving fresh blood supply.

Should my tooth hurt a week after the procedure?

The normal recovery time for root canal therapy is generally a few days. In some extensive cases, it may take up to a week. If you are experiencing pain after a week, contact our office.

Schedule Your Appointment With Dr. Siddappa

Dr. Siddappa always makes sure to put your needs and comfort first, no matter what the procedure. To determine if you may need root canal therapy, call our office at (805) 241-5353 or fill out this form for a personalized consultation with Dr. Siddappa.