Dental Services

Root Canals

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is only slightly more involved than a regular filling and solves painful conditions rather than causing pain. A root canal can even save your tooth! They are needed when decay or damage has reached the nerve of a tooth. This branch of dentistry is also called endodontics, and is an area where Dr. Grados brings lots of experience.

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 a tooth extraction, and may even spread to surrounding teeth, gums, or into the jawbone. Root canal therapy is the better option.

When Might You Need Root Canal Treatment?

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Swelling of nearby tissues or local lymph nodes
  • Heat and cold sensitivity
  • Tooth pain when eating or chewing
  • A “pimple-like” fistula (abscessed tooth) on the gum tissue next to the affected tooth that has a lot of decay
  • A tooth that has a fracture

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 treatment procedure does take some time, but is straightforward. The process begins with numbing the area with a local anesthetic. 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, seal the canals with gutta percha, then fill the space left behind with either a filling, a dental crown, or some other restorative measure depending on the damage existing in the tooth. 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 dental 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 infected tooth 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 procedure, 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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ken Mccauley
14:08 24 May 24
Rita Tanner
02:19 22 May 24
I have been going to the same dentist office for 56 years and he retired. I had great referrals from a friend for Dr.Grados.and his staff. So hard going to someone new but they did everything to make me comfortable. All very nice and explained everything. Also Dr. Grados took his time with me and never seemed to be in a hurry. Would recommend him and his friendly office highly.
Donald Lipmanson
03:39 15 May 24
Dr. Grados and his staff are extremely competent, friendly and reassuring, the office is immaculate and appealing, plus the pricing is quite competitive. So happy to have found this practice.
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Sandra Rosso
17:19 09 May 24
Monique is always friendly and efficient.Andrea set me up in a dental chair with her always great personality. I am in a wheelchair, and she made every safe accommodation for my transfer to and from the dental chair.Dr. N was very pleasant, gentle, thorough and honest with his treatment and conclusion about my tooth.As always, I am pleased with this dental practice.
Charlotte Sue McKinney
15:50 30 Apr 24
Grateful to Dr. Grados and his staff at Oak Tree Dental for fitting me in for emergency dental care. Disaster averted! No pain!
Dorothy Janson
02:37 30 Apr 24
Love the folks at Oak Tree Dental!!They take the time to make sure I'm aware of my dental health. Connie is the best hygienist!! Dr Grados is so gentle and always asks if I'm still ok! The entire staff is super.
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02:16 26 Apr 24
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03:56 17 Apr 24
This was my first visit to this dentist. Front office help were wonderful and the assistant was also friendly and terrific and Dr Grados was extremely thorough and took his time and answered any questions I had. I really liked the feel of this office, it's small and not rushed and very convenient to where I live. I look forward to having him as my dentist.
Gangadai L
15:47 05 Apr 24
Very courteous and friendly customer service. I received prompt attention to my concerns.Highly recommend.
Candace Demeduc
19:01 02 Apr 24
Ida Kearney
02:25 02 Apr 24
Very focused on patient comfort and education, very kind, and made getting a new crown a breeze!
Debra Woods
19:17 26 Mar 24
Full service dental practice that does a great job with pain management. Dr Grados is an excellent dentist.
J. Redus
20:08 25 Mar 24
All-Around Excellent! I just started with Oak Tree Dental 6 months ago and I've already completed a daunting treatment plan including four replacement crowns and five fillings! The staff there is kind and responsive, and they seem dedicated to their work. Dr. Grados is a nice guy and a very experienced dentist. He does excellent work. OTD can get a lot of work done at each appointment, and they have always been ready to address concerns that come up. They are great if you don't have dental insurance because they have a plan just for that. I ended up paying less than I would have with my old dentist, with much better care in less time. Thank you Oak Tree Dental!
Lynette Farr Moss
05:40 21 Mar 24
I was a patient at the sebastopol dental office prior to Dr. Grados purchasing the practice. It’s hard forMe to make changes but after my first visit with Dr. Grados I was happy to move forward with him as my new dentist. Without reservation, I am very pleased with his work, how the office is managed, and his personal attention and sensitivity to health and financial needs. I can highly recommend Dr Grados and his office staff for their knowledge expertise and professional services.
Clare Sitzer
02:35 19 Mar 24
I love Oak Tree Dental. They are very helpful and such a kind team!
Eve Stewart
02:17 15 Mar 24
Oak Tree Dental is wonderful!
Anne Barron
02:29 12 Mar 24
Some old fillings (50 years or so) are deteriorating. So rather than wait for a broken tooth, today I got a crown. I really appreciate the modern technology that completes the process in one visit! Friendly staff answers all my questions. I will return for all my future dental care!
Tina Mico
16:50 08 Mar 24
I'm new patient to Oak Tree Dental. Just had my first teeth cleaning there, and I was very impressed. Everyone working here is so friendly and very good at explaining the procedures. Very efficient and professional. I'm really happy I found this place.
dawn fox
14:43 08 Mar 24
Top-notch dentistry! Very considerate of any pain or discomfort. A welcoming environment and a gentle dentist! Appreciate the exceptional service.
Joshua Bradt
21:04 05 Mar 24
Excellent and thorough care with lots of explaining of what is happening, what happens next, and why.
Sam Werback
03:53 05 Mar 24
Fine time at the dentist today. As always Oak Tree Dental is friendly and efficient. Went in for a crown which led to the discovery that a root canal was needed. Oak Tree arranged for the root canal ... SAME Day. Fantastic. Now complete. Thanks!
Paul Van Diest
03:53 02 Mar 24
Knowledgeable and thorough service and information.
Hollie Martin
03:42 01 Mar 24
Very friendly office staff. My crown procedure was painless and quick. They created the crown in the office so what might be two appointments was only one. Dr. is attentive and knowledgeable. I would recommend Oak Tree Dental.
Arline Thomas
16:19 23 Feb 24
I had a fantastic experience getting my teeth cleaned and checked out.Very thorough.Excellent all around!
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19:10 22 Feb 24
Toby Hanson
05:14 16 Feb 24
Thank you for such a nice dental experience. Carla did a great job cleaning my teeth!
Alessa Sotelo
16:08 13 Feb 24
When looking for a new dentist in Sonoma County, Dr. Grados and his team at Oak Tree Dental came highly recommended, and now I know why! I started with Monique at the front desk, who is so sweet and kind and immediately made me feel more confident in my decision in choosing them. When my first appointment came around, Dr. Grados was very welcoming. First exams with a dentist can always be a bit nerve racking, but Dr. Grados made lighthearted conversation, was efficient and gentle the whole time. Connie, who has been a hygienist for well over 20 years, also has a real talent for making me feel relaxed while cleaning my teeth. Everyone at Oak Tree Dental is judgement free, caring and very knowledgeable. They make going to the dentist easy.
Ann Hill
18:52 09 Feb 24
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18:18 09 Feb 24
I'm really happy with Oak Tree Dental. They take really good care of my teeth and everyone is really nice and gentle. My teeth have never been healthier and it's because of this office.
Kathy Allen
16:19 02 Feb 24
Friendly and professional service.outstanding service!!!!!
Nikki Miller
22:32 25 Jan 24
I just had my first new patient appointment with Oak Tree Dental. So far, I am very impressed with the personal attention and their concern for my comfort as well as explaining procedures they would be doing. Monique is amazing with attention to detail, communication, and follow up.
Carol Duenas
16:00 23 Jan 24
Good experience. I don't like going to the dentist but the staff and the Dr are good at making me feel relaxed.
BRIAN WILSON
05:46 19 Jan 24
Professional service; clean office; happy staff
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14:56 17 Jan 24
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06:22 17 Jan 24
Lou Lilyeblade Gordon
03:35 16 Jan 24
I hadn’t been to the dentist in a while. Oak Tree got my fixed up and on the right track without pain or judgment.
Denis Quinlan
04:56 10 Jan 24
Dr. Grados is a consummate professional, combining excellent people skills with solid professional practices. He embraces technical advances in his discipline to the advantage of patients. The Oak Tree support team is superbly capable and caring.
Mikamira Laska
03:21 09 Jan 24
Staff friendly and doctors very thorough!
Victor Kremer
04:15 07 Jan 24
Chip Castleberry
03:30 21 Dec 23
Always a good visit
Alexis Boutin
23:03 17 Dec 23
I've been a patient at Oak Tree Dental since it opened, and always appreciated their services. But recently, when I suffered a dental emergency, the response by Dr. Grados and team went above and beyond. I called in the morning and was in the dentist's chair by noon. They offered me an option for resolution that was quick and affordable - and fixed the problem! I am so grateful.
Mary Pat Jacobs
15:06 16 Dec 23
Susan Olson
03:15 08 Dec 23
Oak Tree squeezed me in and checked out my tooth quickly. I appreciate their professionalism and friendliness.
LJ
03:45 07 Dec 23
The care with which a difficult decayed tooth was treated and filledWasExtraordinary.
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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.

Dr. Anthony Grados and Dr. Karimeh Shehadeh

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