Root Canal Therapy – Sapulpa, OK
End Tooth Pain with Root Canal Therapy
When it comes to dental treatments, “root canal” seems to always be the phrase that strikes the most fear into patients’ hearts. Over time, the procedure has been built up to be incredibly invasive and excruciatingly painful, not to mention very, very long. Here in Glenpool, we want to be the first ones to tell you that root canal therapy is certainly not as bad as you’ve heard. Far from it – in fact, it’s a common, crucial restorative dentistry treatment that can save your natural teeth from having to be extracted due to extensive decay, injury, or repeated dental procedures.
Under the capable, precise treatment of Drs. Mohanna and Georgy and with the help of a little local anesthesia, your root canal treatment will be carried out effectively, painlessly, and best of all, quickly. In most cases, the procedure can be completed during the length of a single appointment! Just one more way we show that our team is committed to providing you efficient, personalized service that will be sure to send you off smiling.
What is a Root Canal?
Our approach to providing dental care is to align our goals with yours. Therefore, our first aim is to preserve all your teeth. Root canal therapy in Sapulpa works to accomplish that by removing bacteria growth in the sensitive pulp area of the affected tooth and then restoring the same using a gentle yet effective compound.
Far different from the stories your grandparents may tell of receiving root canal therapy, when you visit our Sapulpa office, you’ll soon find out that there’s nothing to fear about having your tooth restored by one of our capable dentists.
Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?
The typical method for restoring a tooth damaged by decay is with a routine filling. However, when the bacteria growth has bypassed the dentin layer that lies beneath the enamel (the outer surface of your teeth), root canal therapy is typically required. That’s because at this point, the bacteria have infected the pulp, which can kill the blood vessels and nerves in the tooth and cause pain.
Here are some of the common warning signs that you need to receive root canal therapy:
- Severe toothache
- Pain when chewing
- Discoloration of a tooth or teeth
- Swelling and/or tenderness in the area around a tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
How the Root Canal Procedure Works
At CCCD, we know undergoing root canal therapy can be a little unnerving. That’s why we take every precaution to ensure you experience a comfortable and effective procedure. The first step Drs. Mohanna and Georgy will take is to capture X-ray images that locate exactly where the issue lies. Thus, they can be precise in targeting and addressing the problem.
The procedure is simple enough – root canal treatment targets infection or damage that has directly affected a tooth’s pulp, which consists of connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. As already said, we will first utilize local anesthesia to help make the process as painless as possible; in addition, sedation dentistry is an option if you feel uncomfortable or anxious about undergoing the procedure. Dr. Mohanna or Dr. Georgy will then remove the diseased pulp from the center of the tooth through a self-made hole and thoroughly clean the area before sealing it so as to prevent further development of bacteria and decay. In many cases, your tooth will also need a crown in order to restore it to full functionality and protect it from being damaged or cracked in the future.
How to Recover from a Root Canal
After we restore your tooth with a root canal, you can expect slight discomfort for the next 24-48 hours. However, it can be managed by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or Tylenol. You may also notice light bleeding, which should soon subside as well.
To protect the treatment site, it’s best to maintain a soft-food diet for the next day after your therapy is completed, and you should carefully perform oral hygiene, avoiding the treatment site for the next 48 hours.
If you’ve been suffering from tooth pain, the time has finally come to do something about it. Contact us at CCCD today so your tooth can be restored!