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Root Canal Dentist Bakersfield

What are the Signs/Symptoms of Needing a Root Canal?


Endodontic treatment, or root canal surgery, is necessary when the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Pulp is the substance inside the tooth, under the white enamel and hard layer called dentin. Pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues which help to grow the tooth's root during development.

Symptoms of pulp damage include:

  • Continuous, spontaneous tooth pain
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swelling

Occasionally, the tooth may have no symptoms, and the need for a root canal is discovered due to the way a tooth presents on an x ray.

Endodontic therapy is performed by a root canal dentist by removing the pulp tissue (which contains the tooth nerve), cleaning and chemically disinfecting the root canal space, and filling/sealing the space.

Once the nerve of a tooth has become irreversibly inflamed or infected, the only choice to save the tooth at that point is root canal, (endodontic) therapy. If you do not wish to do root canal (endodontic) therapy, then the only alternative to root canal is tooth extraction.

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

Root canal therapy is usually performed to alleviate the pain of toothaches caused by pulpal (nerve tissue) inflammation or infection. With local anesthetic numbing techniques, the majority of patients say their treatment is painless, or much better than they expected. As the leading dentist in Bakersfield, CA, Kern Dental Specialties is adept at minimizing any discomfort patients may experience.

Usually for the first 3-4 days after treatment your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Any appropriate pain, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic medications are prescribed by your root canal dentist. Bakersfield Endodontist experts at Kern Dental Specialties will monitor your comfort level, as well.

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist. You will receive the endodontist's emergency phone number, to help with any concerns, should any problems arise during the post-treatment period.

How Long Does Root Canal Therapy Take?

Typically, most root canal treatments only need one appointment, ranging from 30-90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the tooth. Some patients may require two appointments for complex cases, and it is rare for more than two appointments to be necessary.

Contact Kern Dental Specialties

For further information about Kern Dental Specialties, contact us at (661) 324-7668. As the root canal dentist Bakersfield trusts, we also routinely perform retreat root canal surgeries.