Are you in serious tooth pain? Have you let a cavity go unaddressed for far too long?
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 you maintain the function of your bite, structure of your teeth, and health of your gums.
Your experienced dentist in Tulsa, OK, Dr. Henrich will always attempt to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Our focus is to improve your long-term oral health with the least amount of dental procedures. 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.
Are Root Canals Painful?
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.
What to Expect from a Root Canal at Henrich Dental
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.
If you have not visited the dentist for your routine dental exam, we recommend you visit Henrich Dental. During your exam, we can determine if any further treatment is needed to restore your smile to optimal health. To schedule an appointment, call (918) 262-4731 or request an appointment online today.
Root Canal FAQs
I’m scared of a root canal. What are my other options?
Once your tooth is at the point where it needs a root canal, not much else can be done. The infection needs to be removed or it can cause serious damage to your oral health and can even affect your overall health. The only other option would be to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental prosthesis. Many people fear a root canal because of the pain but the truth is a root canal will alleviate the pain.
How can I avoid the need for a root canal?
Practice good oral hygiene! This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day and visiting Henrich Dental every six months for a routine oral health checkup. These steps will help avoid tooth decay and gum disease both of which can lead to infections in the root canal. Also, routine checkups are important because your dentist can spot cracks in the tooth that will allow bacteria to enter the tooth and cause an infection.
What should I expect after a root canal procedure?
After the root canal procedure, you will most likely feel better. Most of the pain associated with a root canal is from the infection itself causing pressure from inflammation. You may feel some discomfort and sensitivity especially while chewing for a few days. We recommend chewing on the opposite side of your mouth until this subsides. You can also take some over the counter pain medication when necessary. After about a week, you should feel better. If you are still experiencing pain, please call our office for further assistance.