Root canal therapy in Bartlesville is a very misunderstood procedure. Many patients think of it as being painful, but this is inaccurate; any discomfort you feel during the procedure is no worse than what you’d experience when getting a filling. The truth is that in many cases, root canal therapy will stop pain by removing the source of an infection that’s threatening your tooth and your oral health overall. If you’ve been suffering from a toothache for more than a couple of days, make an appointment at Dentistry by Design; we just may find that a root canal is the key to your relief.
The root canal is the part of your tooth that contains the pulp. Tooth pulp is filled with blood vessels and nerves; if it becomes infected, it might cause a toothache. Over time, the infection could become severe enough that the tooth needs to be removed altogether.
Dr. Lumpkin can perform root canal therapy to remove dental pulp, thus stopping the decay from spreading further. Afterwards, he’ll carefully clean, disinfect and shape the inside of the root canals before resealing them. Not only does this halt the infection, but it also allows you to continue to use the tooth for everyday chewing tasks.
There are a few signs that can tell you that root canal treatment in Bartlesville might be necessary. These symptoms include:
Unfortunately, there are times where there aren’t any symptoms that you can observe on your own; that’s one reason why having two dental checkups each year is so important.
The first step is to take an X-ray so that we can see the shape of the root canals themselves; this will also let us check whether the infection has reached the surrounding bone. At the start of the surgery, we’ll numb the area and place a rubber dam to protect the tooth from saliva during the treatment. A small hole is made in the tooth, and the pulp (along with other harmful materials) is removed. Root canal files are used to scrape and scrub the inside of the tooth before it’s resealed. You’ll usually get a crown to protect the remaining tooth structure afterwards (although it might require an additional appointment).
Of course, it’s always better to take care of your teeth so they don’t need to be saved with root canal therapy in the first place. After the surgery, you can protect the rest of your pearly whites by: