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!
"Our family has been going to Westlake Dental for over 30 years, and the kindness and professionalism has never changed. Everyone there is genuine and great! Thank you all for taking care of us!"
"I’m really happy here. I’ve been going here for about 3 years and was referred by a friend. First dentist I’ve found in a long time that I feel really cares about my teeth. My cleanings are timely and lots of attention to detail. I recently also got a new retainer and the mold was a perfect fit. Everyone is so pleasant and I’m very happy I’ve found a dentist I can trust."
"Excellent service. Friendly and kind, especially Dr. Lundy. My daughter was very frightened about getting her tooth pulled and he calmed her worries and had it out before she knew what was going on. The hygienist was excellent as well- for both myself and my daughter. Her kind smile and great stories pass the time quickly. Thank you, June and Dr. Lundy!"
"Let’s face it, going to the dentist isn’t something most of us look forward to but I have to say, I really don’t dread it anymore. Kathy is always on time and does a great job cleaning my teeth and I feel like I’ve just had a great visit with a good friend when I leave."
"I've been a patient here for over 15 years and actually enjoy going to this office for care and treatment. Very professional, caring, friendly and helpful. Feels like a family and they seem to enjoy working there. Technically adept both in the front office and with the latest in dental care and treatment (crowns while you wait!)."
"I've been happily using Westlake Dental Associates for several years. The staff is very friendly and I am always greeted by name and a smile. Drs. Wuesthoff and Lundy provide first class service and are quick to respond on those occasional after hours emergency calls. They use the latest high-tech dentistry equipment and techniques. They are truly the best!"
"I came to Dr. Lundy based on a friend's recommendation. I had not seen a dentist in over ten years. I found the whole experience to be amazing. I was initially greeted in a comfortable setting where Dr. Lundy got to know me and my concerns and/or fears. He was very reassuring. The whole process of getting x-rays, to a cleaning, and then having a cavity filled was great. I was never in any pain or even uncomfortable and he explained every step as he was going through the procedures. I will definitely be back in less than ten years!"
"This was my first visit to Westlake Dental Associates and it was such a friendly and welcoming environment that I felt at ease right away. My hygienist, Cathy, was patient and careful and Dr. Lundy was very thorough and took time to talk to me and answer my questions. It was a great overall experience. If you are at all dissatisfied with your current dental facility, I highly recommend giving Dr. Lundy and his office a try!"