Root Canal Specialist

Lancaster Dental Group

General Dentistry located in Lancaster, CA

Root canals have a bad reputation: they’re mistakenly thought of as the most painful operation at the dentist. But the real source of the pain is actually the infected root that necessitates the root canal. At Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice, Mitchell Wechsler, DDS, offers gentle, high-quality, and professional root canals that free his patients from their pain and improve their overall oral health. If you’re near Lancaster, California, and are in need of a root canal, make an appointment today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.

Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that treats infection or decay that’s progressed down to the soft inner layer of your tooth, called the “pulp.”

Your pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues, and when it gets infected, the tissue gets inflamed. This inflammation causes the nerves inside the tooth to get pinched, which can cause a tremendous amount of pain.

In a root canal procedure, Dr. Wechsler carefully extracts the infected pulp in your tooth and replaces it with a filling substance, thereby preventing the infection from spreading into your jaw and causing you even more pain.

What are the signs that I need a root canal?

The most common and obvious sign that you might need a root canal is pain in the affected tooth. An infected tooth root produces other warning signs, too, such as:

  • Increased sensitivity in your tooth to hot and cold
  • A pimple-like pocket of pus in the gum near your tooth
  • Inflamed or irritated gums
  • Bad breath
  • A darkening of your tooth’s color

Any one of these symptoms could be an indication that you have tooth decay or infection that’s reached your tooth’s pulp.

Is a root canal really necessary?

Yes. Although the procedure involves the removal of your tooth’s nerve, you don’t really need your nerve, since its only function is to provide sensory input (namely whether something is hot or cold).

An infected root, however, can lead to many more serious problems besides the immense pain that it causes. An untreated root infection can cause:

  • Bone deterioration in your jaw
  • Abscesses, or pus-filled pockets, in the tip of your tooth’s root
  • A hole in the side of your tooth, through which infectious bacteria can seep into your cheek and gums

If you suspect you might need a root canal, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wechsler immediately.

What is the process for getting a root canal?

Dr. Wechsler and the team at Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice, can administer your root canal in 1-2 appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Wechsler takes a digital X-ray of your tooth in order to determine the extent of the infection and damage. Next, he uses a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, and places a small sheet of rubber around your tooth to keep it clean and to protect the rest of your mouth and throat from debris.

Dr. Wechsler then drills a small hole in your tooth and extracts the infected pulp. Depending on how severe your infection is, he might apply antibiotics in the empty pulp chamber, temporarily plug up the hole, and send you home while the infection clears up. When you come back (or if your infection was mild enough to not require antibiotics), Dr. Wechsler fills the pulp chamber with a rubbery compound called “gutta-percha.”

In some cases, Dr. Wechsler might finish the procedure by installing a crown in order to further restore your tooth’s strength and functionality.

If you’re showing symptoms of an infected tooth root, don’t hesitate to book a root canal consultation today with the knowledgeable and caring team at Lancaster Dental Group: A Wechsler Family Practice by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.