Root Canals: Less Scary Than You Think

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Root canals are notorious for being the dental procedure to avoid at all costs. Luckily, dental technology has come a long way since the early days of root canals. At OnCall Dental – Fresno, we go to great lengths to keep you calm and comfortable during your visit. While having a root canal is never fun, it is necessary to repair an infected tooth.

The best part of a root canal is that we make sure you don’t feel any pain at all during the procedure. The dentist or dental assistant will numb the area around your tooth before they remove the damaged pulp. After the area around your tooth is clean, the dentist fills your tooth and seals or caps it. It’s a good idea not to rinse too vigorously or smoke after a root canal. Follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions carefully.

In the days following your root canal, your tooth may be sensitive. We’ll come up with a pain relief plan–most pain or swelling can be treated with over-the-counter medications.  After one short visit, you’ll be on your way to a pain-free, more-confident smile.  What’s so scary about that?

To learn more about root canals, or any of our other restorative or cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call at 599-477-4553. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment at a time that’s most convenient for you. We also offer emergency dentistry and sedation dentistry services. Thanks for stopping by our blog and we look forward to serving you.

Contact OnCall Dental – Fresno: 599-477-4553


Relax. It’s Not the End of the World

root canal in FresnoToday’s post addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the infamous root canal. If you are told that you need a root canal, don’t panic. Your dentist recommends this procedure when it is better for your tooth than the alternatives.

A successful root canal (or endodontic treatment in dental-speak) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction followed by a dental bridge, dental implant, or gap in your smile.

If, after a thorough evaluation, we determine that a tooth is going to need a root canal, we will explain the procedure and costs that are involved. Root canals are handled to save an infected tooth. If not treated, abscesses and complete tooth loss may occur.

During the procedure, your dentist will remove the nerve and pulp, and then clean and disinfect the interior of your tooth – the canal. The next step is filling and sealing the cleaned area with a special rubbery material, and then protecting the restored tooth with a crown or filling.

Root canals have the reputation of being painful, but this is not the case anymore. There are several effective pain management methods available today at OnCall Dental in Fresno. From local painkillers and numbing agents to oral sedation, we will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the infected tissue is removed, your dentist will focus on helping the oral site heal, which may require another visit.

If you have a tooth that is bothering you, contact us for an appointment.

In addition to emergency dentistry, we provide: