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Patient Reviews

“I've been going here for over two years and have always had a great experience.This office is very chic and modern. They must have had their patients in mind when building this location. Every room is equipt with a flat screen TV and headset so that you can watch your favorite show while you get your teeth worked on. This really helps make any procedure pass quickly because the last thing anyone wants to hear is the sound of the drill. Another thing I enjoy is that their chairs have little massagers that will help sooth and calm you through your procedure.The receptionist here is very knowledgeable and will take the time to explain what is and isn't covered by your insurance.I love that they have always been punctual. You'll never sit around and wait past your appointment time.Dr. Aaron Breaux is gentle and will make every procedure as close to painless as possible.” - Sandra L.

When you visit THE Smile Lounge, you are our most important patient. Dr. Breaux and our team focus on you, your oral health needs, and your comfort. We appreciate the trust you place in us to help you achieve excellent oral health, and our team works hard to continue to earn that trust every time you visit.

You may have had dental experiences in the past where you felt like you’re just another number on a chart. We can assure you that we always focus on your concerns, and take the time to answer your questions fully. We know that an informed patient is a healthy patient, and we take the time to talk to you about why a specific treatment is important and how it will benefit your oral health.

Root Canals

There’s no mistaking the signs that you need a root canal. Of course, you may not know that an infected root canal is the problem, but you’ll certainly know that something is seriously wrong. The most noticeable symptoms of a root canal infection are pain and pressure in a particular tooth, which radiates into the gums.

Whatever the pain level, the problem is the same. The nerve in the tooth is either irritated or infected, and needs to be removed. During the procedure, Bakersfield dentist Dr. Aaron Breaux clears the nerve roots from canals inside the tooth, hence the name “root canal.”

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Your teeth are protected by an outer layer of enamel. If decay enters the enamel, the tooth can become infected. Fillings are effective for repairing small defects, but once the inner part of the tooth is compromised, bacteria can reach the soft pulp that surrounds the root of your tooth. If this occurs, it’s critical to remove the infected pulp and the nerves that run through the pulp to avoid losing the tooth.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Root canals have a notoriously bad reputation, and this is one of the first questions we usually hear. But we’d like to set the record straight – root canals are not painful. Not even close!

The reason is simple. Every patient undergoing a root canal is given multiple applications of anesthesia, usually a topical application followed by a local anesthetic. This process numbs the nerves in the tooth as well as the area around it. We won’t begin your procedure until we know that your mouth is numb and you are completely comfortable.

Once the procedure is complete, you’ll feel better immediately because the irritated nerve is no longer sending pain signals to your brain. There may be some minor irritation for a few hours from the surgical procedure itself, but it’s nothing an over-the-counter pain medication can’t handle.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Since the nerves in your teeth only serve a sensory capacity – they let you know when something’s hot or cold – they can be removed without severely compromising the tooth. After all, your surrounding teeth are still sensitive enough to tell your brain when something you’re eaten is hot or cold.

The first step involves making a small opening in the tooth to provide access to its interior. Next, Dr. Breaux carefully removes the infected pulp, nerves, and other internal materials from the tooth. The space is then filled with a substance that acts as a pulp replacement. The final step is to cap the tooth, and you’re finished. No more infection, and your pain levels will drop. In time, the pain will completely dissipate as your immune system gets the message that the infection is gone.

But we know you still may be apprehensive because years of conditioning have probably left you with a pretty low opinion of root canals. We can assure you that we’ve performed many successful root canals, and we make every effort to keep you comfortable during your root canal.

Please Call to Get the Relief You Need

Your teeth will usually provide clear signals if there’s a problem (although it is possible to have an infection and have no symptoms). But the decision to have a root canal should only be undertaken after a thorough consultation with Dr. Breaux.

If you’re experiencing pain and think you need a root canal, please call us at THE Smile Lounge as soon as possible.