Root Canal Specialist

Lakeview Family Dental

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sylmar, CA

If you have a damaged or severely decayed tooth, a root canal can keep you from losing it. Dr. Jean Lee and the dental experts at Lakeview Family Dental provide root canals at their Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sylmar, California, office. If you have a toothache or need a root canal, call or book an appointment online for a consultation.

Root Canal Q & A

Lakeview Family Dental

What is a root canal?

Millions of teeth get saved each year with a root canal. During the procedure, the team at Lakeview Family Dental removes decay and bacteria from your tooth and seals it to prevent further damage and the need to remove your tooth altogether.

With advances in dental care, the root canal is a relatively painless procedure that requires only one or two visits to the office.


Do I need a root canal?

The team at Lakeview Family Dental may recommend a root canal if the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels, inside your tooth is infected. An infection may occur from a:

  • Deep cavity
  • Cracked tooth
  • Trauma or injury
  • Numerous prior dental procedures


The dental team may discover that you need a root canal at your regularly scheduled checkup and cleaning. Due to the nature of a root canal, a separate appointment is made for the procedure.


What happens during a root canal?

During the root canal, the team first numbs the area around the tooth that needs the root canal. This helps reduce pain and discomfort. Then, the dental team drills your tooth to gain access to and remove the infected pulp. The inside of the tooth is then shaped and cleaned with an antimicrobial solution.

After cleaning, the chamber is filled with a special dental material and covered with a temporary crown or filling.

After a few weeks, the team at Lakeview Family Dental welcomes you back to check your tooth to make sure the infection is gone and then place your permanent crown or filling.


What can I expect after the root canal?

Root canal restoration is strong and durable, and with good care can last the rest of your life. To prevent problems after your root canal, the team at Lakeview Family Dental recommends you come in regularly for checkups and cleanings.

In between visits, you need to take good care of your teeth by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day.

For a root canal and preventive dental care, call the office or book an appointment online.