Root Canal in Thousand Oaks
When a tooth’s pulp becomes infected, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth. A tooth’s pulp is where the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue are housed.
When your pulp becomes inflamed or infected, you will begin to feel symptoms. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us to avoid serious complications.
While toothaches can be passing, there are some symptoms that are not to be ignored. Sharp pain in the middle of the night leading to a generalized headache is a warning sign of a more serious issue with your tooth.
Common symptoms of an abscess include jaw pain, bad breath, fever, and/or pus.
Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods is a good indicator that you’re dealing with an infection.
Dark discoloration on the tooth points to a deteriorated pulp. This points to severe damage.
When to contact your dentist
Masking the pain using anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen will only worsen your problem. If you notice recurring pain, contact our dentist immediately. It is always better to save a tooth than to have it extracted and replaced. Nothing beats real enamel – despite how far technology has come.
If we suspect your tooth’s root is in danger, we will conduct an x-ray to help confirm the diagnosis. Root canals are often a two-appointment procedure, with the first appointment taking up to an hour to perform. The second appointment is for a dental crown since most of your tooth with be lost during the process and must be capped with a crown to restore its appearance.
Feel free to call our office at (805) 241-5353 to learn more about the root canal procedure or any other services we provide. We will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.