What is a Root Canal treatment?

Root canals explained

A root canal treatment is one of the most common and one of the most important dental procedures dentists perform. There are more than 13 million of these root canal treatments performed each year. Root canals are by far one of the most common procedures here at our dentist office. This important and effective procedure can save your tooth and save you a lot of money as it can effectively keep you from needing a dental implant.

The root canal procedure:

The root canal treatment effectively removes the soft tissue on the inner area of the tooth known as the pulp. After the infected pulp of the tooth is removed, your dentist administering your root canal will then seal the cleaned out canals of the tooth.

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Once your dentist determines that you do in fact need a root canal, they will then administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you feel absolutely zero pain.

Next a “rubber dam” made of latex or non latex if you are allergic will be used so we can isolate the tooth and keep it dry during the procedure.

For most of our root canal patients it requires only one vista. However this is a case by case basis. Some of our patients require 2 and rarely even 3 visits depending on how infected the tooth is and just how difficult the work load is. It’s important that we take are time and do the root canal with precision so all the infected pulp is removed.

When is a root canal needed?

There are a host of reasons why a patient may need a root canal treatment. The most common reason is that the chambers containing the pulp of the teeth are infected with bacteria as a result of being exposed to bacteria.

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It can be hard to tell if you need a root canal so pay attention to the symptoms and if you feel any, some, or all of these please contact us and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. The symptoms most commonly associated with infected pulp are swelling of the jaw around the infected tooth, sensitivity to change in temperate in the mouth, as well as moderate to severe pain in the gums and actual tooth.

Find out more about our Norman Root Canal procedure

If you feel you might be a candidate, give us a call and set up a consultation with one of our Norman dental implant specialists. (405) 253-6734.

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