Root Canal Therapy Santa Barbara CA

Root Canal

Root Canal Therapy in Santa Barbara, CA

At See Me Smile Dental, we understand how uncomfortable extreme tooth sensitivity, swelling, and pain can be to live with. These symptoms could stem from a decaying or infected tooth. Your health and comfort are our top priorities, which is why we offer only the very best in root canal treatments to restore your oral health and comfort.

What Is a Root Canal?

The term "root canal" refers to the natural cavity within the center of a tooth. The soft area within the root canal is the pulp or pulp chamber and this is where the tooth's nerve is found.

Root canal therapy is a dental treatment that eliminates infection, stops decay, and in most cases saves your tooth from removal. The process eliminates bacteria from the infected area and prevents reinfection while saving the natural tooth.

We use state-of-the-art technology and the gentlest techniques to bring you an effective and comfortable root canal treatment experience.

What Is the Purpose of a Root Canal?

A tooth infection can lead to disease, painful oral health complications, and sometimes even an invasive tooth extraction. Our expert root canal procedure will eliminate the infection while saving your tooth and bringing you much-needed relief from pain.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy treats the infected or inflamed pulp within a tooth. The procedure usually prevents the loss of the tooth, reduces pain, prevents infection from spreading, and improves overall oral health.

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How Can I Tell if I Might Need a Root Canal?

There are several signs that you may need root canal treatment. Usually, the first indicator is a deep cavity, a cracked tooth, or issues with a previously placed filling.

Some symptoms you are likely to notice include:

  • Pimples on the gums
  • Severe pain during biting or chewing
  • Chipped and cracked teeth
  • Pain that spreads throughout the mouth
  • Lingering sensitivity to cold or hot
  • Tender, swollen gums
  • Darkening of gums
  • Deep decay

What Are the Benefits of a Root Canal?

There are many benefits of receiving root canal therapy, the most immediate being relief of on-going oral pain you have experienced during chewing, biting, or even during personal oral hygiene practices.

  • Root canal treatment saves the natural tooth, meaning implants aren't necessary.
  • Treatment helps prevent expensive and time-consuming future dental work
  • It brings you relief from swelling, sensitivity to hot and cold, or pain caused by the decaying or infected tooth
  • Therapy stops the spread of infection from one tooth to the surrounding teeth.
  • It prevents the degeneration of the jawbone.
  • Root canal therapy enhances oral health and overall general health.

How Do I Find Out If I Need a Root Canal?

During your first consultation, Dr. Omid Barkhordar will use his experience and expertise to develop the best treatment plan for your infected tooth. This will involve taking X-rays and performing an examination to determine the degree of infection or decay present.

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What Is the Root Canal Treatment Process?

During the root canal procedure, Dr. Barkhordar will carefully clean away any bacteria, infected soft tissue, and decay in the root canal site. The site will be sealed with a specialized compound and sealing paste in order to keep out any debris and bacteria.

We will then treat the top of the tooth with a filling specifically matched to the color of your natural teeth. In order to restore full functionality to your tooth, we also may fit you for a dental crown.

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

Oftentimes, patients put off getting root canal treatment because of the anticipated pain. Usually, the pain that's felt, however, is from the infection, not the procedure.

When treatment is carried out by a trained professional, the treatment is reasonably painless. Here are See Me Smile Dental, we use top-notch, current technology to reduce pain during and after your procedure.

What Does a Root Canal Cost?

The average cost of a root canal is approximately $1,000 without insurance. Your costs may be less or more depending on your specific needs and your insurance coverage. 

What Happens After I Receive a Root Canal?

You will generally have some soreness or numbness after therapy, and possibly mild discomfort for a few days, but the sedation we use reduces your pain significantly - usually eliminating it altogether - during the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medication may be used to relieve this mild pain, but if more severe pain does occur, prescription medications can be prescribed to reduce this. You may also be prescribed an antibiotic to treat or prevent further infection.

Meet Dr. Omid

Dr. Omid Barkhordar, DDS has earned his reputation as a leading family and cosmetic dentist in Santa Barbara, the Central Coast, and Southern California. He is committed to providing patients of all ages with compassionate care.

From general dentistry to advanced procedures, Dr. Omid uses innovative technology and gentle techniques to deliver safe and stress-free dental care so patients can enjoy a painless, healthy, and gorgeous smile.

Dr. Omid earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry in one of the best dental programs in the United States. His dedication to helping patients achieve their perfect smile has earned Dr. Omid the continued trust and recommendation of many clients.

No matter the age or needs of the patient, Dr. Omid is committed to helping you discover the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile.

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