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.
"My visit was thorough and the hygienist was very gentle. The personalized service I received from Dr. Fredericks is top notch. The office staff is very professional and was considerate enough to get both my children an appointment at the same time as to not be an inconvenience."- H.B. / Google / Jan 22, 2018
"My new teeth are the best !"- M.J. / Google / Jan 15, 2018
"After waiting over 6 years to go back to a dentist, I was nervous going in. My past experiences had been dreadful to the point that I figured it would inescapably be that way no matter where I went. But (thanks to Susan and her staff) it didn't take me long to realize that I was mistaken. Everyone here is kind and considerate - even the other patients I've met so far. Their work is great and pretty quick, too. They even go out of their way to make sure all insurance and payment information is straight-forward (not to mention they helped me find a good oral surgeon who takes my insurance for wisdom teeth removal). All in all, you can't go wrong here. I plan to remain a patient here for as long as I live anywhere in the general area.Thanks for everything, Susan!"- C.D. / Yelp / Dec 18, 2017
"Dr. Susan Fredericks and her team are wonderful. I've been going there for a couple years now and I've never had any issues. They are very knowledgeable, great with scheduling, and try their best to keep prices fair. Highly recommend!Susan is dedicated to her passion and community. She volunteers at MEND clinic and helps teach dentistry all while running her practice. Super woman! Highly recommend!"- M.M. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
"Dr. Fredericks is great! I came in with a chipped tooth and she was able to perfectly match the color - it looks even better than before it was chipped! My regular dentist was very impressed with her work!"- A.A. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
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.