At Sorgen Dentistry, our mission is to help patients throughout Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through high-quality dental care. As a leading dental practice serving patients of all ages, we’re proud to offer a wide range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments, including endodontic care – more commonly known as root canals. While root canals often have a bad reputation in dentistry, they’re actually a convenient, comfortable, and routine procedure that can allow us to save a severely decayed tooth.
Root canals are one of the most common procedures in dentistry, with well over 14 million performed each year. Root canals allow us to save teeth that are severely decayed and damaged, preventing the need for extraction and letting you keep your natural smile.
Underneath the hard outer enamel and inner dentin of your tooth lies dental pulp: soft, fleshy tissue with nerves and blood vessels that carries blood and sensory information to and from the teeth. Normally, this pulp is well protected by the dentin and outer enamel. But if the pulp becomes exposed due to a crack in the tooth or a deep cavity, bacteria can infect the pulp. Left untreated, this infection will eventually cause the tooth to fall out and may spread into the jaw or surrounding teeth, causing serious problems.
If Dr. Sorgen determines that you need a root canal, he’ll start by anesthetizing the area with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable, then carefully clean the area and remove all damaged or decayed tooth material and dental pulp. Once the region is free from decayed tissue and bacteria, your Oklahoma City dentist will shape the root canal and fill it with a strong, biocompatible filler material, returning the tooth to its former integrity. In a rare and complex case, Dr. Bryan Sorgen may elect to refer a root canal procedure to an endodontist in order to ensure the best possible outcome for you, the patient.
After completing your root canal, we’ll work with you to choose the type of cosmetic restoration that works best for you and ensure your smile gets back to its natural beauty. Because root canals are so routine, post-treatment complications are rare, and most patients require little post-treatment care. The most important thing is to continue practicing a strong oral hygiene regimen to ensure your teeth stay healthy.
Root canal costs can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the severity of the decay. However, root canals are almost always less expensive than tooth extraction, which requires the additional treatment of replacement with an artificial tooth. We’ll talk with you to help you better understand the estimated costs during your consultation.
If you think you may need a root canal or your general dentist has recommended you get one, Sorgen Dentistry would love to help. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about the root canal procedure, or you can use our easy online form to schedule a consultation at our OKC dental office. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful, and complete smile!