WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?
If detected soon enough, tooth decay is addressed with a filling or a similar procedure to clean the enamel and close off the area. However, if the decay moves past the outer tooth and infects the inner portion of the tooth, you may need a root canal. Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Oakridge Dental removes the decayed pulp from the tooth, disinfects the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Board-certified dentist Dr. Brian Call may recommend a root canal procedure to Farmington, UT patients for its ability to both treat an infected tooth and prevent the decay from spreading to other teeth, which often creates an even bigger problem.
Some patients who think they may need a root canal can experience some fear, as root canals have a reputation for causing discomfort. Although root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often put off going to the dentist for a toothache because of anxiety and fear. However, Dr. Call and his team work diligently to make sure you are at ease and comfortable throughout your procedure. Along with providing emotional reassurance and support, we also offer several methods of sedation to treat anxiety. Contact Oakridge Dental to set up an appointment with Dr. Call and learn more about root canals and sedation dentistry.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"Dr Call and staff have met the needs of our whole family recently—from jaw issues to root canals to replacing old crowns with new. Dr call and staff are knowledgeable, efficient, friendly and have the latest technology...and i love that they really try to get you right in when you have an issue! (Applause)"- M.W. / Google / Nov 19, 2020
"Dr. Call is the best! I love that he does crowns in one visit without needing a temporary crown! Him and his staff are always so kind and awesome!"- A.G. / Facebook / Dec 22, 2020
"Dr Call and his staff have gone above and beyond for years to provide my entire family with the best care. I've had several tooth emergencies, and they always come though. Once I had a problem on Christmas eve, and they resolved it within 30 mins. Recently, I had a traumatic experience with an endodontist regarding multiple root canals, and this resulted in dental anxiety. I came to Oakridge for a crown replacement and dental assistant Brandy made me feel so at ease. the procedure went smoothly and I was so grateful, I cried and hugged her when it was over."- C.R. / Google / Nov 22, 2021
"Dr Call and staff have met the needs of our whole family recently—from jaw issues to root canals to replacing old crowns with new. Dr call and staff are knowledgeable, efficient, friendly and have the latest technology...and i love that they really try to get you right in when you have an issue! (Applause)"- M.W. / Google / Mar 19, 2021
"I LOVE THIS DENTAL OFFICE! Dr Call and his staff are amazing. From the front desk to the dental office crew! I have had years and years of experience here. They have taken amazing care of me and my family. My kids have had a great experience as well. Dr call has done repairs on my chipped teeth, cavities, root canals and even built me a mouth piece with 5 teeth and installed it beautifully. Their technology is up to date and they have the best to offer. I highly recommend Oakridge Dental for any and everyone!"- S.S. / Google / Jun 13, 2022
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A ROOT CANAL?
An infection that reaches the pulp of a tooth might be the result of a severe crack, a deep cavity in the tooth, or a physical injury. The most obvious signs that you might have an infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infected pulp is not treated, the infection will spread, causing increased pain and even more dental issues. Schedule an appointment at Oakridge Dental right away if you feel or notice something abnormal occurring inside of your mouth. If you have reservations or fears about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease throughout your exam and treatment. Our team at Oakridge Dental goes above and beyond to make sure your experience at our office is enjoyable.
HOW IS A ROOT CANAL DONE?
Before the treatment, you will discuss your sedation and/or anesthetic options with Dr. Call. We want you to feel at ease and relaxed while you are at our office. Some patients opt for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation for a root canal. Dr. Call understands and empathizes with those who have dental phobias, and he always does everything he can to help you make the best decision regarding your sedation and comfort options.
To perform this endodontic procedure, Dr. Call will examine the inner chamber of your tooth and carefully extract the infected pulp. Next, the inner chamber will be thoroughly sterilized to remove leftover decay. Once it is cleaned, the tooth is sealed with a dental filling to protect it from bacteria and further decay.
Depending on the type of sedation that was used, you might need to have an adult drive you home following your root canal. You can expect your mouth to feel sensitive or swollen immediately afterward, but this should not last for more than a few days and can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications. We will most likely schedule a follow-up procedure six months out to check the treated tooth. During this appointment, Dr. Call will examine the area to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that your mouth has healed. After that, you should continue to schedule yearly dental exams and twice-yearly cleanings to maintain your oral health.
ADVANCED ENDODONTIC CARE
With developments in the dental industry, root canal therapy can be a quick, easy procedure to treat an infected tooth. When sedation dentistry is utilized, your root canal at Oakridge Dental can be free from discomfort and help you avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Contact our office in Farmington, UT to schedule a consultation with board-certified dentist Dr. Brian Call to learn more about root canal therapy and other ways you can improve your dental health.