Root Canal Therapy – Ardmore, OK
Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal
Do you have an infected tooth causing you pain? It is tempting to have it pulled to quickly stop your discomfort. Although it may give you immediate relief, it opens the door to a long list of complications resulting from a missing tooth. Instead, your dentist in Ardmore, Dr. Robert V. Hughes can save your tooth with root canal therapy. Although they have a bad reputation for being painful, you have nothing to fear. Dr. Hughes uses the latest advancements in dentistry, so they are no worse than a traditional filling.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Over 15.1 million root canals are performed annually because they have over a 96% success rate when used to treat a significantly damaged tooth. Although they are common, they are only recommended when there are no other viable treatments to save your tooth from extraction. Dr. Hughes performs a comprehensive examination and discusses your symptoms to ensure a root canal in Ardmore is in your best interest. Some indicators you may need the treatment include:
- Darkening of the tooth.
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks.
- Pain when placing pressure on the tooth.
- Pimple-like bump appearing on the gum near the tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is an endodontic procedure used in restorative dentistry to extract the inner layer of a tooth, called the pulp. Dr. Hughes uses a local anesthetic to minimize any pain or discomfort during the process.
You are scheduled for your procedure after your initial consultation. Dr. Hughes uses special dental tools to remove the areas of decay and to extract the pulp. Your tooth is sterilized before it is sealed with a putty-like material called gutta-percha. Now, the health of your tooth is restored.
Dr. Hughes will place a custom-made dental crown over your tooth to reinstate its function and appearance. Now, this entire process is completed in one day using CEREC technology.
Dr. Hughes takes a digital impression of your tooth, which integrates with CAD/CAM software. He sets the specifics for your restoration to ensure it meets your exact size, shape, and color needs. The information is sent to our in-office milling machine where your crown is cut from a single block of all-ceramic material. In about 1 hour it is ready to be bonded to your tooth. There is no need for a messy impression, a temporary crown, or a second appointment.
Preventing Root Canals
You cannot always prevent a root canal, but there are several things you can do to help lessen the need for one by keeping your teeth healthy.
- Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss your teeth daily.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
- Eat a balanced diet limited in sugars.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have a bad tooth, do not have it extracted. Contact our office today to see if it can be saved with a root canal.