Root Canals

Expert, Pain-Free Root Canals in Sebastopol

A root canal treatment is needed when decay or damage has reached the nerve of a tooth. The procedure removes the soft tissue inside a tooth, called pulp, when it has become infected, inflamed, or otherwise diseased. This branch of dentistry is also called endodontics, and is an area where Dr. Grados brings lots of experience. 

The words “root canal” often inspire dread or anxiety, but the reality of having a root canal treatment is that the procedure will significantly improve your daily life and oral health. If a root canal is needed, typically the patient is suffering from daily pain, swelling and discomfort. If left untreated, decay or damage of that degree also invariably leads to tooth loss, and may even spread to surrounding teeth, gums, or into the jawbone. A root canal is the better option. 

If you are experiencing pain, swelling, infection in your mouth, visible redness or injury, or increased sensitivity to temperature, it’s possible you may need root canal therapy, and we encourage you to contact us to get a complete evaluation and treatment plan. There are some risk factors that can lead to needing a root canal: injury to the tooth, a large cavity or filling, or a crack in the tooth. Treatment depends on the type of problem and what will work best for each patient.

What to Expect with a Root Canal

A root canal procedure does take some time, but is straightforward. The goal is to remove any dead tissue or decay in the pulp or the tooth itself, cleanse the canals inside the tooth with a disinfectant, then fill the space left behind with either a filling, a crown, or some other restorative measure. The specifics of what restorative treatment is right for you differ for each patient and each tooth. But most commonly, a root canal doesn’t differ widely from a regular filling or crown, and the result is better dental health both now and in the future.

Before any procedure, we always make sure the area is thoroughly numb, with the use of a local anesthetic or appropriate sedation. Then, Dr. Grados will make a small opening in the top of the tooth, to reach the damaged pulp. The damaged or diseased tissue is removed from the inside, and the root canals are cleaned and sealed against any further damage or decay. Depending on what your treatment plan indicates, we may place a temporary crown or filling on the tooth to protect it until the final restoration is ready. It’s wise to avoid chewing with the treated tooth, however, until the whole treatment is complete.

After a root canal, patients typically can return to regular eating, chewing, smiling and functioning without pain within a short period of time. Some tooth sensitivity after the procedure is normal for a short time, but if pain or sensitivity persists, call your dentist to check in and find out what should be done next.

The treatment preserves natural teeth and saves you from a number of other dental problems in the future. If you have any questions or concerns about a possible root canal, please contact us anytime at Oak Tree Dental. We are happy to help you understand your options and talk with you about the treatment.

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Arline Thomas
Arline Thomas
21:58 15 Jan 20
Tina M
Tina M
01:08 13 Jan 20
Len Hirschi
Len Hirschi
17:46 21 Dec 19
Connie is a great dental hygienist! Very good at what she does and upbeat as is the entire staff. The new doctors are personable and professional. The office has implemented a good plan of paying a small fee every month that makes payment of treatment much easier and there is discount included. I am happy with Oak Tree Dental and the entire staff. John and Patty Blount did a great job finding good people to continue with their business.
trina grady
trina grady
23:40 19 Dec 19
Warm, caring dentists and extremely talented! I had a dental emergency and they were the only dentist I found that was able to get me in right away. The work they did surpassed my expectations and I’m so happy I found them as my new dentist. Very comfortable office, everyone working there is kind and excellent at what they do. I am very picky and happy I found this place!
Missy Danneberg
Missy Danneberg
18:33 18 Dec 19
Connie is the best! Gentle but gets my teeth clean.
Matt Hadley
Matt Hadley
20:20 11 Dec 19
m Carbo
m Carbo
23:33 04 Dec 19
John Sayage
John Sayage
15:15 03 Dec 19
Ever since I decided to start going to see Dr Shehadeh at Oak Tree, my gums have been healthier and my teeth have never been cleaner. Other dentists never took quite the same care and I can tell the difference. Come here and don’t look back.
Anne Barron
Anne Barron
21:28 13 Nov 19
Patrick Pennington
Patrick Pennington
15:34 06 Nov 19
Natasha Dallin
Natasha Dallin
02:34 06 Nov 19
Lynette Moss
Lynette Moss
21:28 08 Oct 19
Great dental office; wonderful, thoughtful, knowledgeable and skilled dentists.
JeanEmma Bova
JeanEmma Bova
01:05 03 Oct 19
Such caring and attentive dentists! They explain everything step by step and make you feel comfortable. Highly recommend this practice!
alessandra sanguinetti
alessandra sanguinetti
20:36 26 Sep 19
larry marchesi
larry marchesi
14:19 15 Aug 19
the husband/wife team at oak tree dental took over for a dentist i had for 25 yrs, and liked a lot. i ve been to oak tree twice now and am very satisfied. friendly and professional. the work seems excellent.
John Sayage
John Sayage
19:52 22 May 19
Oak tree dental is an amazing new addition to the Sebastopol community. Dr Shehadeh took incredible care of me and I’m looking forward to returning soon.
Mocking Bird
Mocking Bird
04:26 05 Sep 18
Excellent!
Greg Thrash
Greg Thrash
17:14 28 Nov 16

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Anthony Grados and Dr. Karimeh Shehadeh are a husband and wife team dedicated to making Sebastopol smile. After Dr. Grados completed dental school at NYU and Dr. Shehadeh completed dental school at University of the Pacific, the two met during residency in Brooklyn and married a few years later.

After moving back to California, the two fell in love with Sebastopol and purchased their dental practice. As new Sebastopol residents, they're looking forward to enjoying the area's relaxed pace of life, providing great dental care and forming long-lasting relationships with their patients as they become part of the community.

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Address

Oak Tree Dental Sebastopol

220 Petaluma Ave., Suite D

Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 823-1029 

Open Hours

Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm

Friday-Sunday: Closed 

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