Root Canal Specialist

Hometown Dental -  - General & Cosmetic Dentistry

Hometown Dental

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Yukon, OK

Advancements in dental technology have made root canal treatment as easy as getting a filling or dental crown. James Brunson, DDS, Golnaz Naghdi, DDS, and Jennifer Holman, RDH, of Hometown Dental in Yukon, Oklahoma, offer outstanding root canal treatments in a warm and welcoming environment, and they can restore an infected tooth using state-of-the-art technology. Book a visit online or by phone to get started.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a restorative treatment used to save an infected tooth. To understand a root canal, it helps to think about the structure of your teeth. 

The outermost layer of tooth tissue is a hard white tissue called enamel. Just beneath lies a layer of hard tissue called dentin. Beneath the dentin is a hollow chamber filled with a soft material called dental pulp.

Dental pulp contains a mix of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When the pulp becomes infected, severe dental pain usually results. Your body is unable to clear this infection on its own, and a root canal is the only way to address the problem.

What happens during a root canal?

You’ll receive numbing medication to prevent any discomfort during your procedure. If you have dental anxiety, sedation is available to help you rest comfortably from start to finish. 

Once you’re numb, your practitioner uses a protective device to isolate the nearby soft tissue. The next step is creating a small opening in the tooth to gain access to the inner chamber. A series of slim dental instruments called files are used to carefully remove all traces on infected dental pulp.

The chamber is thoroughly rinsed before a material called gutta percha is used to fill the cleared chamber. A filling is placed to close the access hole, and a temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. 

When your crown arrives, you’ll return to have it checked for fit and cemented into place. This completes the restoration, and your tooth will look and function like your natural teeth. 

What are some signs I might need a root canal?

Severe dental pain is the primary sign that a root canal may be needed. Other symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Chips or cracks
  • Sensitivity that lingers even after heat or cold is no longer present
  • Deep areas of decay
  • Darkening of gum tissue
  • Pimple-like sores on the gums

If you notice any of these changes, call Hometown Dental right away to book a diagnostic exam. Online scheduling is also available, and it’s fast and easy to complete.