A root canal is a simple procedure in which Dr. Brasher or Dr. Josh removes the existing nerve and bacteria and fills that space with a safe material called gutta percha. This material seals the tooth and keeps the infection out of the inside of the tooth so your body can begin to heal from this decay and infection. This simple treatment can save your natural tooth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
Most root canals can be avoided by treating dental decay with fillings before it affects the root system. However, when decay and bacteria reach the root canal system in the center of a tooth, the body tries to fight this infection. Fighting this infection can cause severe pain and swelling which then necessitates a root canal.
Root canals get a bad name because of the intense pain that is associated with the toothache that the decay causes. However, the procedure itself is painless once anesthetic is given. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide, if desired and can even provide different levels of sedation if you are extra anxious about treatment. Following your treatment, you will be able to drive home and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine shortly thereafter.
Once you have a root canal, the tooth is vulnerable and should receive a crown to protect it from damage. Call our office today at (405) ???? to schedule an appointment before the pain is too great.