Root Canals: They’re Not So Bad (Really!)

We can’t promise that your root canal experience will be on par with going to Disneyland. Or that after it’s done, you’ll be champing at the bit for your next one to start. That said, the root canal’s reputation as a uniquely torturous procedure in the dentist’s repertoire is entirely undeserved. In fact, most patients say a root canal is no more painful or uncomfortable than getting a tooth filled.

If you live in or around Lancaster, CA and believe you may be in need of a root canal, call Dr. Tab A. Boyle at (661) 524-8457.

With over 25 years of experience serving the Lancaster community, Dr. Boyle believes in saving his patients’ teeth whenever possible and avoiding more invasive replacement techniques. He is deeply committed to not only providing the highest-quality dental care, but making his patients feel calm and reassured through the process.


But Do I Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is called for when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected. Bacteria can get in if the tooth is cracked or broken, or if a cavity has been left untreated. Once the infection takes hold, you must get treatment or face losing the tooth altogether.  

The only way to know for sure whether a root canal is in your immediate future is to visit Dr. Boyle for a thorough examination. But here are a few of the signs that should have you running for the phone:

  • Pain in the tooth: have you been suffering from a persistent toothache while chewing or otherwise?
  • Sensitivity to temperature: does exposure to heat or cold cause discomfort?
  • Color change: have you noticed one of your teeth darkening or becoming discolored?
  • Gum problems: are your gums warm, swollen, and/or painful?

Keep in mind that sometimes, tooth infections are present with no apparent symptoms. So it is important that you visit Dr. Boyle twice a year for your regular examinations and cleanings. This way, he will be able to spot hidden problems before they become bigger.


What Happens During a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is the process of ridding a tooth of infection. The goal is to save the tooth and prevent you from having to get an extraction and replacement tooth. The procedure can take one or more visits.  

  • First, Dr. Boyle will X-ray the tooth in question, so he can visualize the shape of the nerve chamber. He will also want to verify that the infection has not spread beyond the tooth.
  • You will receive a numbing agent and/or sedation so that you don’t feel a thing during the procedure. The dentist will go over anesthesia options with you.
  • The dead, infected material inside the tooth is removed.
  • The inside chamber of the tooth is washed out and sterilized.
  • The tooth is filled and sealed up.
  • Depending on the severity of the damage, you may need a crown to cap and protect the tooth. This may be done at a later visit.


Trust Your Root Canal to Dr. Tab A. Boyle

If you put your root canal into the experienced hands of Dr. Boyle, you will not only be getting the highest level of clinical care. At Dr. Tab A. Boyle, we put enormous thought and effort into the entire patient experience.

  • Watch TV while we work on your mouth! What better way to take your mind off your root canal than to lose yourself in a favorite show?
  • Dentist chairs can be lumpy and uncomfortable. Exam rooms can be chilly. We provide warm blankets and soft pillows to keep you cozy during your appointment.  
  • We respect your time. At Dr. Boyle’s office, we understand how busy you are. That you don’t have all day to sit around the waiting room as the minutes tick past your scheduled appointment. We treat you when we say we are going to treat you.
  • We offer flexible payment options. Dr. Boyle accepts cash, all major dental insurance providers, and credit cards. We also work with CareCredit, a medical credit company that will help you get the necessary funding for your procedure.


Do you live in the Lancaster, CA area and want to see the Tab A. Boyle, DDS experience for yourself? Call us at (661) 524-8457 to schedule an appointment or an office tour. We’ll be happy to show you around — no commitment required! You may also reach us via our online form.

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