Root Canal

Root Canal Treatment can Eliminate Infection and Prevent Tooth Loss

A cavity or other oral damage can allow bacteria to reach the inside of your tooth, resulting in an infection. An infected tooth can have a serious, negative impact on your health, and it is critical to seek treatment right away. Dr. Craig Hine and his team can determine if you can address the pain and sensitivity in your teeth with root canal treatment at their Bixby, OK, office. With conservative, gentle techniques, Dr. Hine can remove decay and infection and repair the tooth with a new dental restoration.

Why Undergo Treatment?

Root canal treatment is used to eliminate decay and infection from the tooth. Despite what many patients believe, root canal treatments are not extremely painful. Most patients compare root canal treatment to receiving a filling. With the use of advanced techniques and local anesthetics, we can minimize your discomfort during the procedure. Root canal treatment is a necessary step in preserving your natural tooth. In severe cases, if we cannot save your tooth, we can perform an extraction and replace the tooth with a lifelike restoration.

Symptoms that May Indicate the Need for Treatment

You may be suffering from dental infection if you are experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Pain in a specific tooth, and generalized pain in the jaw near the tooth
  • Swollen gums around the painful tooth
  • Bad breath and a bitter taste
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • A sore in the gum near the affected tooth
  • Discolored gums around the damaged tooth, or a discoloration of the tooth itself

If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of dental infection, you should contact our office right away to schedule an appointment. If left untreated, an infection can result in tooth loss, and can also affect other areas of your overall health. Infection can spread to your jaw and other teeth, leading to serious illness.

Dr. Hine can work closely with your oral surgeon to provide results that give you decades of confident, healthy smiles.

What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy

With conservative, gentle techniques, Dr. Hine can remove decay and infection and repair the tooth with a new dental restoration.

When you arrive for your appointment, our team will carefully examine your tooth to ensure that root canal treatment is the best course of action. We will also take x-rays to determine the extent of infection within your tooth. Before beginning treatment, Dr. Hine will carefully inject a local anesthetic to minimize any potential for pain.  We can also provide further sedation to ensure your comfort during treatment.

Once you are ready, Dr. Hine will begin by removing the damaged areas of your tooth, including the tissues within the root canals. The root canal may be disinfected and then altered to accommodate a filling. When this process is complete, Dr. Hine will fill your tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha before providing a dental restoration to rebuild its structure. With our advanced CEREC® technology, we can provide a same-day crown to restore your tooth. In less than an hour, we can create a customized restoration that can match your surrounding teeth. This crown can restore full function to your tooth and preserve the natural tooth from additional decay or infection.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment can prevent tooth loss, preserving your natural teeth by protecting a previously damaged tooth with a crown. This conservative procedure can eliminate the need for more costly restorations such as a dental bridge or dental implants. An infected tooth can also have serious implications for your overall health. If the core of the tooth is infected, the infection can enter your blood stream, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. The potential consequences of an infected tooth are severe, so it is critical that you seek immediate treatment.

Protect Your Oral Health

Do not suffer with dental discomfort and risk your health. If you suspect your tooth is infected, contact Hine Dental today to schedule an appointment.