Root Canal Dentist in Bakersfield - Dr. Khalil - Southwest Family Dentistry - Therapy & Treatment

For many, the idea of a root canal can sound like an unpleasant experience. What few realize is the importance and long term health benefits that accompany root canal therapy. At Southwest Family Dentistry, endodontist Dr. Khalil is dedicated to helping patients save as much of their natural tooth as possible. By performing root canals in Bakersfield, Dr. Khalil provides patients with a long-lasting solution that preserves the function and aesthetic of their smile. 

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?Root Canal Dentist in Bakersfield, CA

Root canal therapy is frequently required when a tooth is severely decayed or damaged. This can be caused by trauma to the tooth via crack or fracture, or can be the consequence of the cavity left untreated. Frequently, these incidents leave affected teeth more vulnerable to bacterial infection, during which the pulp and nerves within the tooth become diseased. Once these internal structures are damaged, the bacteria cause the tooth to abscess, or create a pocket of pus at the root of the tooth. 

Not only is this painful, but an abscessed tooth can cause a number of secondary dental and overall health issues, including swelling in the face, neck and head; jaw bone loss near the infected tooth; and damage to surrounding tissues including the gums and surrounding teeth. 

Endodontic Treatment in Bakersfield

Endodontic care via root canal therapy is a minimally invasive solution to salvaging severely infected teeth.  Southwest Family Dental is committed to helping patients receive exceptional, comfortable care during their endodontic treatment. At our Bakersfield dental practice, undergoing root canal therapy takes less than an hour, ensuring that patients are free to return to their routine following their procedure.    

During the procedure, Dr. Khalil removed the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth. The hollow tooth is then filled and sealed with gutta-percha, a rubber-like, non-soluble material. The tooth is then restored with a crown – patients leave with a temporary crown, and then return at a later date for the final crown placement. 

Root Canal Therapy at Southwest Family Dental

When compared to other solutions for damaged teeth, root canal therapy presents patients with a minimally invasive solution that preserves their smile without requiring extractions or extensive surgical preparation. As the natural tooth is left in place, root canals preserve patients’ bite alignment, preventing teeth from inadvertently shifting as they would following extraction. Additionally, the final crown restoration protects the vulnerable tooth from further damage, ensuring patients receive a fully functional solution that can withstand daily wear and tear. 

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If you are suffering from continuous tooth pain or feel like you may have a cracked or damaged tooth, contact Southwest Family Dental to schedule an appointment. With an in-house endodontist, our Bakersfield dental office can help you regain full oral function and help through root canal therapy.