Painless Root Canal Therapy in Tulsa, OK
If you have a toothache, you might need root canal therapy to save your tooth. Thanks to our highly skilled Tulsa, OK dentists, root canals at our dental office are both effective and pain-free.
Cause of a Root Canal
Your mouth is home to harmful bacteria. They are what cause cavities and gum disease. They live off tiny particles of food and drink left behind in your mouth. That’s why brushing, flossing, and getting routine dental cleanings at our Tulsa, OK dental office is so important. When those bacteria grow unchecked, they can get inside of your teeth. This creates a bad infection that can be removed only by root canal therapy.
Also, the pulp inside your teeth can get inflamed by damage. If you’ve had a bad accident to your tooth, the strong impact can inflame the pulp. Likewise, root canal therapy is often the only treatment for this.
Warning Signs of Tooth Infection
If your pulp is infected or inflamed, chances are you already know it. Both cause bad toothaches. However, these toothaches can come and go. They can also be triggered by chewing.
A tooth needing a root canal can be completely normal from time to time. You might also have redness or soreness in the gums surrounding that tooth. A digital X-ray will show your dental pulp in detail and help us determine whether you need root canal therapy.
What to Expect from Your Root CanalRead Transcript
Restorative dentistry could be simply placing fillings, which these days would be tooth-colored materials. That's simple restorative. Restorative dentistry can also be much more complex and that can be rehabilitative dentistry which may involve somebody, for example, that's worn their teeth down severely to half their normal length. In a case like that, to rehabilitate that patient you need to open their bite to where they once were and would involve putting a veneer or a crown on every tooth in their mouth. That makes a huge difference, again, in how somebody feels about themselves because teeth that are worn, tend to be aging whether you're a man or a woman and when you get that length back and the color brightened back up, it makes people frequently look 15 years younger.
The beauty of this, as compared to plastic surgery, this stuff lasts for a long time: many, many years. I've got cases that I've done 20 years ago that still look as good as the day I put them in. Unfortunately, for the plastic surgeons and the people that go that route, they have to keep repeating things; we don't. If people take care of what we do for them, that'll last them a very long time.
To begin, the team here at Masterpiece Smiles will thoroughly clean the area around the infected tooth. That area will also be numbed using local anesthetic. Then, your dentist will make a small opening in your tooth. Using special tools, he will carefully remove the infected or inflamed dental pulp. Any remaining infection in the canal (the space in the root of your tooth) is flushed out as well. We can use a special dental laser to help ensure all of the infection is gone.
To fill the small space left behind, we use an inert substance called gutta-percha. Finally, we seal the tooth and protect it with a dental crown.
Don’t Fear Root Canal Pain
This is a persistent myth in restorative dentistry. First, your enamel has no nerve endings. Second, a local anesthetic will make sure the nerves in your pulp do not get triggered and cause pain. Third, our dentists have the experience needed to perform this procedure with the utmost care.
All in all, it’s no more painful than getting a cavity filled. Most patients will feel no pain at all. However, if you are anxious about treatment, even to the point that you have not gone to the dentist despite your pain, we can offer dental sedation. With sedation, you can have a completely relaxed, pain-free treatment.
After the root canal therapy is complete, the tooth and surrounding area can be a bit tender. That tooth might also be sensitive to temperature for a little while. All you need is over-the-counter pain relievers.