Most patients who are afraid of undergoing a root canal hold onto a common misconception that the process is painful and invasive. While the idea of the procedure may seem daunting, the reality is that root canals are responsible for alleviating pain— not causing it. Root canal therapy is designed to treat discomfort caused by severe injury or infection, preventing any infection from spreading to other teeth and gum tissues, which can lead to damage to the bone in the process.
Contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK to schedule an appointment if you suspect that you will need a root canal. If you are worried about how you will feel during the procedure, you can rest assured that we will take care of you and meet your needs with our skills, expertise, and compassion. We will also provide you with dental sedation to help you stay calm and comfortable.
Root Canal Process
The process of performing a root canal always starts by providing generous local anesthetic to the area to ensure you are sufficiently numb. We will also provide sedation to help you remain relaxed if needed. Once you’re ready, we will begin the procedure:
- The process starts by removing any areas of decay or smoothing out damaged areas on the target tooth.
- We will then create a tiny opening on the tooth’s surface, leading into the tooth’s interior.
- Through this opening, we will remove the inflamed and infected tissues, vessels, and nerves that are causing your toothache. Once this is removed, pain should diminish greatly or immediately disappear.
- We will finish up by cleaning the inside of the tooth and filling the inside with a biocompatible material, known as gutta-percha.
- The tooth will be sealed closed with composite material and encapsulated with a CEREC dental crown.
Your new crown will be designed and manufactured by advanced technology, increasing it’s accuracy and making it available for placement within the same appointment. The crown cemented over the tooth following the root canal to protect it from any further damage. Dental crowns can last up to 15 years before requiring replacement.
Signs of a Tooth Infection
- Intense toothache
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity
- Darkening of the tooth
- Swelling of gums around the tooth
Your Trusted Dental Care Team
Here at Reflections Dental Care, we’re passionate about your smile and we’re dedicated to improving your oral health. When you choose our team for your root canal, you’re choosing the trusted experts who will go above and beyond to save your damaged tooth and restore wellness to your entire smile.
As much as we care about the smiles of our patients, we care about the patients behind them just as much. We want to see you smiling, laughing, and thriving again without any feelings of pain or discomfort. Call today and we will schedule you for a root canal procedure!