About Root Canal Therapy
Dental pulp is soft tissue inside your teeth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. If this pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed in a procedure called a root canal. Our general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Susan Fredericks of Southern Cal Smiles, treats patients in Woodland Hills and Calabasas who need a root canal with a stress-free experience. Root canals have had a nasty reputation in the past, but today, under the care of Dr. Fredericks and her team, root canal therapy can be free of pain and complications. During a root canal, the infected dental pulp is removed from the inside the tooth. Dr. Fredericks will disinfect the tooth and remove all debris, then fill the tooth’s canal to prevent further pain or infection. If you are concerned about an infection in your tooth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fredericks at her office in Woodland Hills, CA.
"She was super quick and the staff is super friendly."- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 05, 2019
"Dr. Fredericks is fantastic--fast, fastidious, and really really good! I am 1000% satisfied and very happy I found her!"- A.B. / Healthgrades / Jan 30, 2019
"I've had a good experience with Dr. Fredericks & staff. How easy it is to book an appointment, the care that is given. The seamless insurance."- B.H. / Healthgrades / Jan 24, 2019
"Dr. Susan and her team went above and beyond the call of duty. I've had the best dental experience of my life! Dr. Susan is an incredible human being, too, in addition to her expertise. She called me at home after my treatment to hear how I was doing, and even sent me a Happy Birthday email. They are so detail-oriented, even down to playing the best background music for the patient's comfort, exceptionally friendly, and very personable. God answered my prayers in finding a great dentist in my area. Patient, Suzanne H."- S.H. / Yelp / Jan 21, 2019
"My experience with Dr. Fredericks has been nothing short of fantastic. I have always been terrified on the dentist and avoided getting the care I needed as a result. Dr. Fredericks is talented and cares about you getting the best possible outcome. I've wanted to cosmetically correct my front teeth for years but never felt comfortable with my dentists plan. I came to see Dr. Fredericks and am thrilled with the work she's done. The office staff is great as is the hygienist. I do not plan on seeing anyone else for my dental care in the future. So glad I found her!"- M.M. / Yelp / Jan 19, 2019
What to Expect
A root canal is usually performed with local anesthesia to numb the teeth and gums, and sedation may be added if needed. Dr. Fredericks will remove the pulp from the infected tooth/teeth, then she will place a crown or inject filling material. Some patients are at higher risk of developing an infection (usually those with heart problems like congenital defects and artificial heart valves), so Dr. Fredericks may prescribe a round of antibiotics before and after the root canal treatment.
If only local sedation is used, you will be able to drive and recover at home, but some sedation options may require you have a responsible adult pick you up. Patients will have temporary numbness and some may experience minor discomfort that can usually be treated with an over-the-counter painkiller. If a temporary crown was put over the tooth, the permanent crown will be placed and fitted during a separate appointment. After a root canal, oral care including brushing and flossing at home, plus visits to Southern Cal Smiles as recommended by Dr. Fredericks, are important to maintain the health of the treated tooth/teeth.
A root canal procedure is usually covered in part by dental insurance, but it may not cover additional expenses for emergency care. Southern Cal Smiles accepts many forms of payment and we can help patients with financing plans, if needed.
Plan Your Service
To relieve your pain and prevent more serious dental problems, talk with Dr. Susan Fredericks about a root canal. With modern dental equipment and techniques as well as sedation options, fixing an infected tooth at Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills, CA doesn't have to be painful or time consuming.