Are you experiencing tooth pains? We can treat you today!

At Westside Dental Group, your dentist will discuss your smile goals with you in order to recommend the interventions that can help you achieve those goals.

Are you experiencing tooth pains? We can treat you today!

At Westside Dental Group, your dentist will discuss your smile goals with you in order to recommend the interventions that can help you achieve those goals.

Root Canal Treatment

Tooth decay or infection that reaches the tooth’s core – and the sensitive nerve endings contained in the pulp – can be tremendously painful and even potentially dangerous, as such an infection can easily access the bloodstream and spread elsewhere in the body. Furthermore, a tooth affected by extensive infection in the pulp may be at risk for structural damage that could lead to the need for the tooth to be extracted.

Although tooth replacement technology has advanced significantly in recent decades, even dental implants do not completely replace a natural tooth in terms of form and function. Therefore, a root canal can help patients to save a biological tooth, which is always preferable whenever possible.


Root Canals can relieve your tooth pain and save your smile

Your dentist may recommend a root canal if your tooth has an extremely large cavity that has reached the pulp chamber or an abscess. Root canals may also be necessary when a tooth is severely cracked or otherwise damaged to the degree that its inner core is exposed to the oral cavity and bacteria that are found there.

The specifics of root canal treatment are discussed in greater detail below, but essentially the dentist will remove the infected pulp material from the tooth, clean the empty chamber thoroughly to remove any lingering bacteria and fill in the empty space with a rubber-like substance. The treatment is not nearly as uncomfortable as most people think, and sedation and local anesthesia can be combined to maximize patient comfort throughout the process. In fact, root canals actually eliminate the pain that is caused by the infection!

After a root canal is completed, the treated tooth is usually fitted for a crown. A tooth that has undergone a root canal is more likely to break than other teeth, so the crown offers strength and protection after root canal therapy.

Meet the Doctors

dr-rouhana-dentist new orleans louisianaDr. Michael Rouhana

Dr. Rouhana is experienced in the fields of root canals, crowns (caps), bridges, restoration of dental implants, dentures and partials, and full mouth makeovers. He was voted the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Top Dentist by his peers in New Orleans Magazine.

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dr-querens-dentist-new-orleans-louisianaDr. Alan E. Querens

Dr. Querens is a 1982 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and the University of Tennessee Center for Health Science. He is certified in Invisalign®, and is a member of various dental organizations.

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dr-jayakrishnan-dentist-new-orleans-louisianaDr. Nina Jayakrishnan

Dr. Jayakrishnan earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from LSU School of Dentistry in 2011 and her General Dentistry Residency in 2012. She has a wide array of dental skills, ranging from pediatric dentistry to root canals and cosmetic procedures.

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Finance Options

As we look forward to you visiting our practice we accept the following traditional PPO plans:

  • Aetna PPO
  • Assurant PPO
  • Cigna PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • Dentamax
  • Guardian
  • Humana PPO
  • Metlife
  • United Concorida
  • United Healthcare PPO
We also offer interest free financing with CareCredit payment plans. This is a great way to spread out the cost of your dental health care needs to fit any budget. There is no cost to the patient! Simply create a payment plan that works for you and you can have the dentistry you need to avoid costly delays. There are no up-front costs, no-prepayment penalties and no surprises.

Patient Reviews

Dr. Nina is SO great–the best dentist I have ever had, and that’s saying something! My 8yr. old daughter and I both love going to the dentist. How many people can say that about going to the dentist. Her bedside manner is wonderful, and then backed up with gentleness. I have never had root canals performed with this little during and AFTER pain before. Completely impressed with this Lady, beginning to end.

Michelle S.

I absolutely LOVE this dental office. My first visit was amazing they all were very nice and welcoming and they literally held great conversations. I felt very comfortable! I’m looking forward to my next cleaning. I highly recommend Westside Dental!

Trini V.

Dr. Rouhana is an AMAZING dentist. The staff is very professional and friendly. We drive from Mississippi and the service is well worth the trip!

Michelle T.

Common Questions

If you are considering a root canal treatment, here are a few questions you may have:

A root canal is a treatment that removes decayed material from the pulp of the tooth. When decay reaches the tooth’s core, it stimulates the sensitive nerve endings contained in the pulp, causing significant discomfort for the patient. Furthermore, such extensive decay can compromise the structural stability of the tooth. Therefore, this treatment can ultimately help to save a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed and replaced with a restoration of some sort.

In performing a root canal, the dentist will create a small hole in the tooth in order to reach the root canal chamber that houses the pulp and remove all of the diseased pulp material. The dentist will then clean out the empty chamber to eliminate any lingering bacteria and fill it with an inert rubber-like substance to prevent the bacteria from proliferating in the area again. As a final step, a crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it from further damage.

Most root canals are completed in a single treatment, although the treatment timeline may be longer in certain cases, particularly if one of the molars is being treated, as those large teeth have multiple root canal chambers that must be cleaned as part of the treatment. Patients can resume most normal activities, such as driving, the day of the treatment if sedatives are not involved. Your dentist may give you some restrictions on activity and diet for a few days, however. If you have any questions about what to expect after your root canal, please consult with your dentist for specific guidance.

Unfortunately, many patients are under the perception that root canals are tremendously painful, but that reputation is undeserved. Most patients report that they experience no more discomfort from a root canal than they do when having a cavity filled. Local anesthetic is used to numb the site, and patients may choose some form of sedation for additional comfort, if desired. Because they remove the infected pulp material that is causing the patient’s pain, root canals actually eliminate discomfort rather than causing it.

Costs of root canals fluctuate and are influenced by numerous factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the desired materials for the crown and other treatments that may be included in the treatment plan. Your dentist can give you a better idea of the anticipated costs of your root canal after evaluating your case.

Don’t be afraid of a root canal! It doesn’t hurt nearly as much as you think it will, and it can help save your tooth. If you are facing this treatment and have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to bring them up with our team at Westside Dental Group. We want to reassure you so that you can have as calm and comfortable a treatment experience as possible, even when a root canal is involved.

Do you have more questions about root canals and whether it can benefit you? Call our office to set up a consultation with one of our experienced, knowledgeable dentists. We can educate you about the various cosmetic interventions that may be helpful in your case and answer any additional questions.

Our Office Location

4001 MacArthur Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70114

((504) 368-­7000

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4001 MacArthur Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70114

(504) 603-­0721

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