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.
"Doctor was attentive, gentle and communicative."- A.R. / Healthgrades / Mar 11, 2020
"If you want a personal dentist with a professional office personnel and the highest quality of care this is the place!! I have had dental nightmares in the past and it took me a while (even with insurance) to walk in an office. Dr. Susan STANDS BEHIND HER WORK, and the receptionist ALWAYS sends reminders including an email with a calendar interface for my Samsung phone. Accommodating schedules too!!! Open some Saturdays and late Wednesday night. As a person who travels for business...this is a HUGE plus! Higeinists are all caring (yes...learned the proper way to floss-yes THAT is a thing)...As long as I am in this area I will stick with this office of great people! Don't hesitate, just make an appointment!"- J.M. / Yelp / Jan 16, 2019
"This was my first root canal and i was very apprehensive before the procedure. Everyone has heard those nightmare stories of pain etc and i was not looking forward to it. well, i was given plenty of novocain and i have to say it was a totally pain free experience!! It wasnt much different than getting a filling done.Dr. Fredericks and her team are friendly, experienced and professional. I have been coming here for many years and have always gotten great results with my crowns and other work done."- B.P. / Healthgrades / Nov 10, 2020
"Susan Fredericks has been my Dentist for years and I will never go to another Dentist again. She is super nice and caring and always takes her time to make sure I am comfortable. She even sees my kids (10 and 3) which is amazing because I wouldn't trust anyone else to see them. I tell everyone how great she is and if they ever want an amazing Dentist to come see her. We love you Dr. Fredericks!!!"- L.C. / Healthgrades / Oct 27, 2020
"Never had a cavity before, and Dr. Susan did it so gently and quickly - I must have only been in the chair for a total of 4 minutes because I only got through 1 song on my headphones. The dental hygienist, Anu is wonderful and patient and the Office Manager, Jackie is absolute gem! She is so, so helpful with any and all billing questions.Could not recommend Southern Cal Smiles enough!"- J.P. / Healthgrades / Oct 22, 2020
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.