Roots canals are a conservative dental procedure used for the treatment of advanced tooth decay. Root canals allow for the preservation of most of the natural tooth, helping to maintain the function and structure of the bite. Tulsa, OK dentist Dr. Henrich will always attempt to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible for long term oral health.
Root canal infections typically occur in teeth that have advanced tooth decay. A chip, crack, or otherwise compromised tooth enamel can allow bacteria to enter the pulp of the tooth. Infection can spread causing discomfort, swelling or tooth sensitivity.
Many people think that root canals are a painful dental treatment when in truth, this procedure commonly alleviates tooth pain. Pain associated with the root canal treatment is often caused by the infection inside the tooth pulp. Once the tooth is cleared and cleaned, patients enjoy a relief from discomfort and tenderness.
Root Canal Procedure: What To Expect
The root canal procedure is generally performed under a local anesthetic for the patient’s optimal comfort. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during their treatment and recovery time is generally about 1-2 days. Dr. Henrich can complete your root canal procedure from the comfort of our Tulsa, OK dentist office.
A small hole will be drilled into the back side of the infected tooth. Through this hole, Dr. Henrich will use a special tool to remove all of the decayed and diseased pulp from inside the tooth. The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and then filled with a biocompatible, composite filling to protect the structure of the tooth.
Many patients will receive a dental crown after a root canal. The dental crown is designed to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage or decay. Your dental crown will be custom fabricated to match the color, shape, and size of your natural tooth for a beautiful and lasting result.