Root Canal

Dennis J. Carlile, DDS -  - Family Dentist

Kenosha Breeze Family Dental

Dennis J. Carlile, DDS

Family Dentist located in Broken Arrow, OK

Root canals offer the chance to save severely damaged teeth. The dental specialists at Kenosha Breeze Family Dental in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, are experts at providing root canals. Don’t postpone seeking care for a painful tooth out of fear of a root canal. The procedure has come a long way and is now a quick and comfortable experience. Book your visit by calling the office or using the simple online scheduling tool.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure used to treat a severely damaged or diseased tooth. This approach offers the chance to preserve your natural tooth while eliminating your pain.

To understand how a root canal works, it’s helpful to envision the internal structure of your teeth. The visible portion of your tooth is a hard white substance called enamel. Directly underneath your enamel is another layer of hard tissue called dentin.

Further in still is a space filled with a soft tissue called pulp. Your pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues that are critical to developing healthy teeth as you grow into adulthood.

As an adult, you no longer need your pulp. Your tooth can get all the nourishment it needs from other nearby tissues.

If your pulp becomes infected, a root canal removes the pulp and replaces it with a special dental material. A crown then covers the affected tooth, restoring its structural integrity and function.

When would I need a root canal?

There are many things that can cause your pulp to become infected, irritated, or inflamed, including:

  • Multiple dental procedures on the same tooth
  • Trauma to your face
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Large fillings

If you experience significant tooth pain, swollen or tender gums, or tooth discoloration, you may need a root canal. Don’t delay seeking treatment, as infected pulp can lead to a painful abscess.

How is a root canal performed?

First, your dental specialist gives you local anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Then, a small hole is drilled to allow access to the interior portion of the tooth.

Next, all traces of pulp are removed, and the inner chamber is carefully rinsed. The chamber is then filled with a special material, and a filling is placed to close the small access hole.

Then, impressions or images are taken to create a custom crown that will protect the structural integrity of your tooth. You’ll wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent version arrives.

When your permanent crown arrives, your dental specialist will remove your temporary crown and place your permanent one.

If you need a root canal, don’t let anxiety keep you from moving forward. Click or call to schedule a consultation today.