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.
"Nothing but positive. I have a great smile!!"- M.W. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"I came in as a very last minute and excruciating painful emergency due to a tooth infection. The doctor took me in immediately same day and did an amazing job at making me feel a million times better. THe entire office staff is amazing, this is a wonderful office for all your dentist needs."- J.G. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"Is it an exaggeration to say a visit to the dentist was a pleasure? Not with this dentist! The staff's disposition is matched only by their competence. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Fredericks and company! Truly!"- B.D. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I had a couple chips in my front teeth, called the office and they were able to get me in the same day. Dr. Fredericks fixed my teeth and they look better than ever."- S.S. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I saw Dr. Fredericks for the first time last week as a second opinion. The dentist I previously saw told me that I absolutely needed to have implants put in and quoted my dental work to cost about $12,000. Dr. Fredericks did her own assessment and concluded that I did not need to have implants; that implants in my case would be elective. I appreciated her honesty as she could have also tried to overdiagnose me and she did not. I have found a new dentist and I feel so confident in her work and diagnoses due to education and honesty."- J.M. / Healthgrades / Sep 29, 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.