Root Canal Specialist

Murat Atli, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Global Dental Group

Murat Atli, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Mission Viejo, CA

Inflammation or infection in your tooth’s root often causes severe dental pain. If left untreated, the infection may become so severe that the tooth needs to be pulled. Dr. Murat Atli performs root canal procedures to save infected teeth and prevent the need for extraction at Global Dental Group in Mission Viejo, California. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, call the office or book an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that treats an infection or inflammation in the pulp — the soft tissue that includes nerve fibers and blood vessels — at the center of a tooth. An infected tooth can lead to an abscess or require extraction without treatment.

What are the signs that I might need a root canal?

You probably need a root canal if you notice:

  • Severe pain in the tooth
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Swelling and tenderness in the tooth or surrounding gums
  • A pimple on the gum tissue
  • Pain when you bite down on the infected tooth

How is a root canal performed?

After administering an anesthetic, Dr. Atli drills into the pulp chamber at the center of your tooth. He removes the pulp, cleans and disinfects the interior of your tooth, and fills it with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha to prevent future infection.

In most cases, Dr. Atli recommends that you return for a crown to cap and strengthen the damaged tooth.

Is a root canal painful?

The pain commonly associated with a root canal is actually the discomfort you've been feeling from the infection leading up to the procedure. The treatment itself is no more painful than a typical cavity filling.

At Global Dental Group, Dr. Atli offers several anesthetic choices. These options include local anesthetic to numb the area where the root canal will be performed, or oral conscious sedation where she administers medication to help you relax without putting you fully to sleep.

What can I expect after a root canal procedure?

The root canal treatment should resolve the pain, but the decayed tooth will often need a crown for protection after the procedure. Dr. Atli can place your crown a week or more following your root canal, once the gums surrounding the tooth have had time to recover.

You may feel some discomfort from the inflammation caused by the infection, but usually not from the procedure. Dr. Atli typically recommends over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.