The Truth About Root Canal Procedures

Many people shudder at the thought of undergoing a root canal if they’ve never had one before. However, the truth is that root canals are extremely common, minimally invasive procedures that should help alleviate your discomfort. Dr. Gabriel Overholtzer uses state of the art dental technology to evaluate, plan, and perform root canals.  Our dental care team is passionate about providing the highest quality care and helping patients understand all aspects of their treatment, including root canals. Learning more about this routine procedure will help you know what to expect and may help ease any anxiety you have.

Why Do You Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is a simple procedure used to treat infections in the base of a tooth. When infected, the pulp inside the root canals becomes inflamed, causing you pain or increased sensitivity. The procedure is used to remove the infected pulp and can help you avoid more serious complications, including having the tooth removed entirely.

What to Expect from a Root Canal

Dr. Overholtzer uses 3-D imaging to identify the location of decay and infection in the tooth.  This allows him to see more than would be shown by a traditional x-ray for improved analysis and accuracy of treatment. Before the procedure, patients will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated.

Once you are comfortable, Dr. Overholtzer will create a small hole in the back of the tooth. Through this hole, he will carefully remove the infected tissue. Then the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. The hole will be filled with a material called gutta percha.

Using CEREC CAD/CAM technology, Dr. Overholtzer is typically able to complete your root canal and place a crown to strengthen the tooth in a single visit. This technology allows him to quickly design a custom dental crown. The crown is placed over your tooth to provide strength and stability.

Many people experience extra sensitivity in their tooth after a root canal. This is typically not a cause for concern and should pass in a few days, but contact our office if this persists or if you are experiencing pain. You can talk to Dr. Overholtzer about ways to minimize discomfort caused by tooth sensitivity.

Schedule a Visit

At Skyline Family Dentistry, we are committed to helping patients feel comfortable with their treatment. Visit us at our Bishop, CA dentist office if you are experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity. To schedule an appointment, call (760) 810-4404 or request an appointment online.