As dentists in Santa Barbara, CA, our procedure involves drilling a small hole in the top of the tooth, cleaning out all of the infection and then putting some medicine and a soft, soothing filling into the tooth to protect it against future infection. Because teeth can become brittle over time following a root canal, we usually follow up root canal therapy with a dental crown on the tooth.
A dental crown is like a porcelain hat or glove that fits over the tooth and holds it together to strengthen it against breaking in the future.
We almost always follow a root canal with a dental crown (not always) but if you have been told you need a dental crown, it does not necessarily mean that you also need a root canal. So dental crowns usually follow root canals, but you don’t have to have a root canal in order to get a dental crown. Make sense? Think of it this way: When you go to the movie theater, you usually eat popcorn, but just because you’re eating popcorn doesn’t mean you’re going to the movies! A tooth can be crowned without ever needing a root canal – in fact, that’s often the reason we do crowns – to avoid having to do a root canal later on!
So, when you have a root canal performed by an Santa Barbara dentist, it doesn’t mean that you are going to have your root removed or that you’re having your root taken out. Root canals are not considered surgeries, and the recovery can be quite painless.
If you’re wondering whether you need a root canal, we offer free consultations and second opinions (or just discussions about your concerns) any time, at no charge. You can call us at 805-335-6780 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment with an Santa Barbara, CA dentist and find out more about root canals and how they work! We welcome patients from Santa Barbara and adjacent areas.