You wake up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain. Your tooth is throbbing and you can’t grab the ibuprofen fast enough. Once things calm down a bit, you call our Los Angles dentist the next morning to get worked in for an emergency exam. After a thorough check-up we find out that the tooth needs a root canal. But don’t root canals hurt?
At Crystal Dental Centers, our Los Angeles dentist tells patients that getting a root canal is a lot like getting a filling. The only difference is that it takes a little bit longer to complete.
Here’s how we’ll help you stay comfortable:
Numbing the Tooth
Modern anesthetic medications allow us to thoroughly numb teeth for the entire endodontic procedure. Like fillings, the tooth and/or the area around it will be anesthetized, so that you don’t have to feel what’s going on.
Sedation dentistry at Crystal Dental allows our patients to safely relax through any procedure — including root canals. We have a variety of sedation levels to choose from, so that you can be confident about the level of comfort you have in mind.
If your dental infection is severe, it may be difficult to numb the tooth. In certain situations, we may need to prescribe an antibiotic at least a few days before the root canal treatment starts.