Root Canal Specialist

Homa Shahriari, DDS -  - General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist

Mirror Cosmetic Dentistry

Homa Shahriari, DDS

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in Northridge, CA & Encino, CA

When a tooth is seriously decayed or infected, root canal therapy may be the best way to preserve it. Homa Shahriari, DDS at Mirror Cosmetic Dentistry removes the damaged or infected nerve and pulp, and then cleans and seals the tooth. Root canal therapy can save the tooth, and it’s often a much better option than extraction. People in and around Northridge, California can use the online appointment maker or phone one of the two Mirror Cosmetic Dentistry offices to schedule a visit with Dr. Shahriari.

Root Canal Q & A

What is root canal therapy?

When a tooth has a major infection or decay, you're at a heightened risk for tooth loss. Root canal therapy is a way to preserve the tooth rather than lose it.

During root canal therapy, Dr. Shahriari removes the damaged tissue through a small hole in the tooth. She then cleans the inner part of the tooth thoroughly and fills the empty area with a sterilized material called gutta percha.

With the tooth freed of decay and infection, Dr. Shahriari seals it to protect against future damage. Afterward, most patients get a custom-made crown to cover the tooth. 

What does root canal therapy feel like? 

While root canal therapy is a highly advanced treatment, don’t buy into the old stereotype of extreme discomfort. The procedure is minimally painful. Generally, it's about the same as getting a filling in terms of potential discomfort.

Dr. Shahriari uses local anesthesia to ensure that you're comfortable during your root canal therapy.

Would it be better to pull the damaged tooth instead?

You wouldn’t be the first person to wonder whether simply having the problem tooth pulled might not be an easier and quicker solution than root canal therapy. The answer is simple: It's always better to preserve your natural tooth if at all possible. 

Your natural tooth helps keep your other teeth in alignment, and without it you'd likely need a dental implant. Dental implants require several visits, and they're much more time consuming and costly than root canal therapy.

What is the aftercare for a root canal procedure?

As long as you take good care of your teeth, root canal therapy can be a permanent treatment. Always brush twice a day, be sure to floss carefully, and see Dr. Shahriari for checkups regularly to avoid further dental issues.

You'll be numb for a few hours after root canal therapy. After the numbness wears off, you can go back to your normal routine. Many people go back to work the next morning.

Closely follow all of Dr. Shahriari’s guidelines after your root canal therapy. Usually, this includes avoiding difficult foods for a few days and using ice packs externally if your jaw swells. Take pain medicine exactly as she directs, and take your antibiotics to avoid infection. 

Root canal therapy can give you freedom from tooth pain quickly, so don't wait any longer. Arrange an appointment online or call one of the offices today for help.

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