Root Canals An Overview
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 relief from discomfort and tenderness.
Reasons For A Root Canal Treatment
A dentist may recommend a root canal the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. You may also need a root canal in the case of advanced tooth decay, extensive tooth damage, broken restoration, or repeated trauma to the affected area.
If these concerns are left untreated, it may result in an abscess, pain, or a more complex dental problem. A root canal may help preserve the natural tooth and avoid the need for an extraction. Our team can work with you to determine if root canal treatment is right for you.