Most people don’t mind going to the dentist office for a quick teeth cleaning or some other simple dental procedure, but when it comes to a root canal many people are downright terrified. This is because they have a stigma of being painful and one of the more unpleasant dental procedures. But let’s take a step back, explore root canals and get a better idea of the procedure to come.
What’s A Root Canal?
A root canal, or root canal therapy, involves removing dead tissue from inside of your tooth, and filling it with material to protect it. It’s also known as an endodontic treatment and is necessary when the soft or pulpal tissues in the tooth get infected and inflamed. The infection is caused by either deep decay, repeated procedures on the tooth, which lead to tooth weakening, or a severely chipped or cracked tooth. Sometimes fillings just aren’t enough, or the tooth is dead or dying. And that’s when root canals come into play.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
The first thing you should know is that it’s not going to be as painful as you might think. Especially if you have an experienced dentist like Dr. Thomas Wuesthoff or Dr. Scott Lundy from Westlake Dental Associates. In fact, the most painful part of a root canal is usually the needle that they use to administer a powerful numbing agent. Once the tooth is numb, you shouldn’t feel much of anything.
Your dentist will then begin clearing out the infected area and washing it with water. A filler is used to fill the hole, much like filling a cavity. Then a crown is placed over your filling and voila! Your tooth is fixed! Thanks to our CEREC technology, crowns can be made in-office and placed the same day as your root canal for added convenience.
Westlake Dental Associates- The Place to Go for Your Root Canal
While knowing what to expect makes the process a lot less scary, it can still be nice to have a friendly and helpful dentist, like Dr. Lundy or Dr. Wuesthoff. The team at Westlake Dental Associates is always here to help you through the process. We believe in educating our patients, not only on maintaining their overall dental health, but on ways to prevent root canals and other oral issues. Our goal is to get the root of your problem!
“I couldn't ask for a better place. They're always honest about what I need. I get text confirmations for appointments and they offer after 5 visits which are fantastic if I can't get off work early. The staff are very nice, easy to talk to. I love my dental hygeinist! Nothing but love for this place, well as much as you can have for the dentist!”
“I really had a great experience with Dr. Lundy. This was the first time I was got a new crown in one sitting. They have the most advanced equipment. The only bummer is I moved to Dallas and I have not found the same quality dentist. I plan to schedule another visit when I'm in CA in a few months. He is that good!”
“The staff is welcoming and you can tell they all love their job and have good chemistry. Dr Wuesthoff helped me understand everything before jumping in and instantly hit it off. Coming from someone who hates the dentist, this practice actually made it enjoyable. And that's saying a LOT!”
“By far my best experience. First time that someone takes the time to explain me step by step everything that was going on. I was always asked if I was ok if needed anything, almost like a royal treatment 😉 thnx to Lundy for getting my smile @ 110%.”
“Bar none the best dentist I've even been to. Very nice staff and knowledgable dentistry. Dr. Lundy is a amazing. I highly recommend this practice to everyone!”
“I am very happy to found an outstanding Dentist. Dr. Wuesthoff is amazing, I am very happy with all the Dental work he did, I saved lots of time and money. Very professional, and high quality service. Thank you very much.”
“Consistently high level of service. I can always depend on this office to deliver superior services. They are friendly and professional and I always know what to expect.”
“I have had a great experience with Doc Lundy at the office here. They were totally supportive in my needs as per my fears. Thanks for your understanding. I couldn't be happier”