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Root canal X-Ray

Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected instead of removing it.


Root canal therapy is performed when the pulp which is composed of nerves and blood vessels in the tooth becomes infected or damaged. During root canal therapy, the pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. The treated tooth is then protected from future damage and returned to normal function by placing a crown. The preocedure usually takes one or two office visits.

Do I need root canal?

If you have some of the following symptoms you may need a root canal:

  • Severe toothache when chewing or applying pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity or pain to hot or cold that stays after the heat or cold has been removed
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums


Is root canal painful?

The procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to seeking dental care is the painful part, not the procedure itself.

How long would it take to recover from a root canal?

For the first few days after the treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort usually can be controlled 
with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). Most patients can return to their normal activities right after the procedure. You should contact us if pain or pressure lasts more than a week.

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Our goal is to ensure the most pleasant dental experience possible for our patients.

Dr. Lilly Koeff
Lilly T. Koeff, DDS
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. Lilly Koeff received her dental degree in 1985.

A fourth-generation dentist, Dr. Koeff is a member of the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the Western Los Angeles Dental Society.