Root Canal

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

Endodontists located in La Mesa, CA

Persistent pain or sensitivity in a tooth might indicate you need a root canal treatment. While the thought of this procedure can sometimes cause fear or anxiety, Dr. Jack Pawlak and Dr. Craig Deagle ensure a comfortable, pain-free experience at their office in La Mesa, California. As a routine treatment for a diseased or decayed tooth, a root canal procedure eases chronic discomfort and returns your smile to a healthy state.

Root Canal Q & A

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

What is a root canal procedure?

When bacteria gets trapped in the pulp of the tooth, this can cause inflammation, sensitivity, and pain.

A root canal procedure treats and cleans the underlying out the infected pulp and root canals of the tooth. The procedure helps to eliminate further decay, salvage your natural tooth, and ease the pain.

You're probably a viable candidate for a root canal if you experience ongoing pain or sensitivity in one or more teeth. Some patients might also need a root canal retreatment, which is a procedure that aims to correct a previous root canal that did not deliver the expected results.

What happens during a root canal procedure?

Typically, a root canal procedure involves using general or local anesthesia.

With a root canal, Dr. Pawlak or Dr. Deagle drills a small hole in the top of your affected tooth. Using special, tiny instruments ― including a dental microscope ― they clean the tooth's infected pulp by eliminating the bacteria that cause inflammation and pain.

They then fill the canal with a biocompatible material, gutta-percha, and seal the hole in the tooth to prevent further problems.

Dr. Pawlak or Dr. Deagle may attach a temporary crown on top of the affected tooth until either he or your regular dentist secures a permanent, custom-made crown onto the tooth.

Despite its reputation as a painful treatment, patients don’t feel any discomfort. You can manage any post-procedure irritation with over-the-counter pain relievers.

What can I expect after a root canal?

You might experience some tenderness or slight pain after a root canal procedure. That only lasts a few days and shouldn't interrupt your normal activities. After this initial discomfort, however, any pain or irritation you were experiencing before the procedure should dissipate.

After a root canal, some people also report they have better speech and chewing patterns.

You can maintain the benefits of a root canal by maintaining good oral hygiene habits and a regular schedule of dental visits.

If you’re in the La Mesa area, you can call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pawlak or Dr. Deagle, or book an appointment online today.