If detected early on, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. However, when the decay spreads beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you will likely need a root canal. Often called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at LifeTime Smiles of OC removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham may recommend a root canal to Santa Ana, CA individuals because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from moving to other teeth (creating a larger issue).
If you believe you could benefit from root canal therapy, we understand if you might have reservations about the procedure. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often avoid going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of common dental fears. Dr. Abraham and his staff make their best effort to help you feel at ease and comfortable, but we also provide a number of sedation options to subside any fear and anxiety. Contact LifeTime Smiles of OC to set up a consultation with Dr. Abraham for more information on root canal therapy and sedation methods.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"I haven't been to the dentist in years and I was really nervous to go see one. First of all Ana and Raquel made scheduling the appointment super easy. When I went for my initial visit I met the dental hygienist, John. He is super nice, super patient, and very funny. He was very gentle when cleaning my teeth and even let me have breaks in between. Once he was done I met Dr. Abraham. Dr Abraham is amazing. He made me feel like his number one priority. He was very informative, super patient, and very nice. We set up a game plan for a root canal later in the week. When the day came I was so nervous I had taken off almost all the nail polish off of my fingers. But Dr. Abraham and Alex explained to me what was going to happen and again reminded me that I could take as many breaks in between the procedure as I wanted to. After the Dr cleaned out my old filling to see if I indeed needed a root canal he delivered the good news. After taking a closer look at my tooth and cleaning it he no longer saw it necessary to do a root canal. Overall my experience with them has been positive and I would recommend them to everyone. Especially if you are like me and super nervous about going to the dentist."- S.B. / Yelp / Jul 27, 2017
"Let me start by saying I am from NYC and have had my most previous dental work done in Manhattan. I was on vacation in SoCal and was referred to Dr. Kareem Abraham by a sibling that knew I was in need of 2 root canals and crowns. From beginning to end I was blown away by the genuine care and attention to detail from the entire staff. Dr. Abraham is so personable and warm and makes you feel at ease throughout your entire procedure. It's so hard to find honest people in any business, and Dr. Abraham stands above most. 2 dentists in NY were cut and dry in their decision to give me my 2nd root canal, while Dr. Abraham put my future interest and benefit first and was able to salvage my tooth. My experience was night and day different from any NY consultations and procedures I have had. Dr. Abraham really cares for his patients and the progression of his practice. Needless to say, I am unbelievably pleased with the result of my procedure and the care and follow up from Dr. Abraham himself. I will now be flying from NY to CA for any future dental procedures. Dr. Abraham is superb!"- S.T. / Google / Oct 16, 2017
"It is veeeery rare (if at all) that anyone makes a post about a good dentist experience; let alone about a root canal. I've known Dr. Kareem Abraham for 4 years on a different setting. When I chipped my molar, I contacted him and he got me into the office the next day. All his staff are friendly, knowledgeable and polite. Everyone has a calm yet upbeat demeanor that makes you feel at-ease. I was in no pain at all during the procedure to the point that almost fell asleep. I can't believe that I'm actually looking forward to going back next week to get more work done. After all, I get to see my friend. Thank you all at LifeTime Smiles of OC"- M.C. / Facebook / Jan 04, 2019
"So happy Dr. Abraham and his team were able to squeeze me in for a last minute root canal. They did such a great job! Ana and Dr. Abraham explained everything they we're doing and walked me though the whole process. It was pretty quick, painless and everything ran smoothly. I definitely recommend the LifeTime Smiles if OC team!"- N.P. / Yelp / Feb 01, 2020
"We are so thankful we met Dr.Abraham!Our first appointment was our family of four.Luckily they had kids center filled with legos( mind you before this whole COVID craziness happened) where they were able to enjoy legos and watch a movie while my husband and I got our cleaning. I couldn’t believe how sweet and loving all the girls were! I can’t remember all the names but Ms.Anna entertained the girls while Chelsea literally heated up an organic cheese pizza for my girls to eat while we finished! Not only was customer service on point but the actual dental work that needed to be done was finished professionally! Luckily my husband just needed cleaning. But I had some work done including a root canal where I was taken to Dr.Bijan for my root canal In which he did a n awesome job! Didn’t feel a thing with the gentle wave tech! So thank Dr.Abraham for sending me to Dr.Bijan and back to get my perfectly shaped crown that was assisted with Mariah. Did I mention you can get the rhinestones here that have been going In style! Ask Mariah for details! Again, don’t waste your time looking around just check it out! Sorry for novel!"- J.R. / Yelp / Jun 22, 2020
An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth may be the result of a cavity, deep crack in the tooth, or a physical injury. The most obvious signs that you could have an infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infection is not addressed, the infection will spread, causing increased pain. Set up an appointment at LifeTime Smiles of OC right away if you feel or notice any changes in your mouth. If you have fears or anxieties about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental appointments.
What To Expect
Prior to the treatment, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed with Dr. Abraham. We do not want you to feel fearful, anxious, or on edge during your appointment. Some individuals ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation for a root canal. Dr. Abraham is very sympathetic about dental fear and will try to help you make the necessary decision about your sedation needs.
To perform an endodontic procedure, Dr. Abraham will examine the innermost part of your tooth and extract the decayed pulp. Afterward, the inner chamber will be carefully cleaned to eliminate any lingering debris. To finalize the therapy, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.
Based on the method of sedation that was chosen, you might need to have an adult drive you home following your root canal procedure. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but these are normal symptoms and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. We recommend that you set up a follow-up appointment about six months following your procedure. Dr. Abraham will examine the area to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule yearly dental checkups and twice-yearly dental cleanings to maintain your oral health.
In your consultation, Dr. Abraham will give you cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you currently carry dental insurance, we will call your provider to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, LifeTime Smiles of OC takes several payment methods and may be able to assist you in finding medical financing options.
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Root Canal Therapy
Due to advancements in the dental industry, root canals can be a quick, simple procedure to treat an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at LifeTime Smiles of OC can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Contact us in Santa Ana, CA to set up a consult with experienced dentist Dr. Abraham to learn more about root canal therapy and to improve your dental health.
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