About Root Canal Therapy
A root canal treatment is performed to remove infected areas of the soft, inner section of the tooth, also known as the pulp. These infected areas can cause significant pain and if not treated, the whole tooth will begin to die. A root canal can save the tooth and allow for proper healing, and it lead to further strengthening the tooth. A filling substance can be injected into the tooth or a crown can be placed on the surface. Dr. Jeffrey Allred in San Marcos, CA works to detect when root canal therapy is needed; if the infected tooth is not treated, the infection can spread through the bloodstream to the rest of the body. At Allred Dental, we want to ensure our patients have good oral health that leads to good, overall physical health of the entire body.
"I had such a wonderful experience at Allred dental. Dr. Allred and his staff are super friendly and attentive they made me feel totally relaxed which is pretty rare for being at a dentist office. I was actually a little nervous going in for my procedure because I was scared it was going to be painful. In the contrary I felt no pain and they were finished before I knew it. It was great!! I would highly recommend Allred dental to anyone needing dental services."- C.C. / Google / Aug 21, 2017
"From the time the receptionist answered the phone to the time I walked out the door, I was treated very professionally from the entire staff at Allred Dental. You can expect a friendly voice from Ellen when you call to make your appointment and when you walk in the door. After a very thorough photo session of my teeth, the dental assistant walked me through a tour of my mouth asking me a lot of questions and telling me what was going on with my teeth. When Dr Allred came in, a thorough recap in her findings was presented to him and me. From there he checked himself, agreed with everything she said and had a couple additional points. Then on to my cleaning which was a breeze. They really take care to insure your comfort. Great dental experience."- A.N. / Yelp / Aug 07, 2018
"Dr. Allred and his team are very friendly, honest, and skilled at what they do. They are also clearly up to date with the latest technology. I would highly recommend them!"- K.M. / Facebook / Jul 25, 2018
"Samantha was a delight to talk to and I love this office, clean and everyone is so friendly! It was easy to get in and be seen, will be going again for sure even if it's a bit of a drive! Worth it! Thank you Samantha for putting my mind at ease before I even walked through the door!"- M.P. / Facebook / Jul 25, 2018
"Dr Allred is an outstanding, detail oriented, talented and super kind dentist and person. He is up to date on the latest and greatest, and his staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. Just awesome!!"- D.S. / Google / Jul 20, 2018
What to Expect
There are two approaches to a root canal surgery. For less severe cases, Dr. Allred may perform a pulpotomy. During this approach, Dr. Allred will open the pulp chamber of the tooth and allow the infection to drain. For more difficult cases, a pulpectomy may be performed. During this procedure, Dr. Allred will remove the pulp from the infected tooth/teeth, and then place a crown or inject filling material. Some patients are at higher risk of developing an infection (usually patients with heart problems like congenital defects and artificial heart valves), so we may prescribe a round of antibiotics before and after the root canal treatment. A root canal is usually performed with local anesthesia to numb the teeth and gums, and sedation may be added if needed.
An apicoectomy may be performed after an unsuccessful root canal or if an infection has returned after a root canal procedure. During an apicoectomy, the tip of the tooth root is removed and replaced with a filling. An apicoectomy is often considered a last resort treatment. Before treatment, a local anesthetic may be used to numb the area. Dr. Allred will make a small incision in the gum to expose the tooth's root and clean out any infection. The area will then be closed with sutures.
If only local sedation is used, you will be able to drive and recover at home, but some sedation options may require you have a responsible adult pick you up. Patients will have temporary numbness and some may experience minor discomfort that can usually be treated with an over-the-counter painkiller. If a temporary crown was placed over the tooth, a permanent crown will be placed and fitted at a separate appointment. Oral care, like brushing and flossing at home plus dental visits as recommended, are important to maintain the health of the treated tooth/teeth after a root canal.
A root canal procedure is usually covered in part by dental insurance, but it may not cover additional expenses for emergency care. Our office accepts many forms of payment and we can help patients with financing plans, if needed.
Plan Your Procedure
To relieve your pain and prevent more serious dental problems, don't delay talking to our team at Allred Dental about a root canal. With modern dental equipment and techniques as well as multiple sedation options, fixing an infected tooth doesn't have to be painful or time consuming.