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
"Best dentist I have ever been to in my life! Having been genetically blessed with bad teeth and having gone to numerous dentists around the country, Dr. Call stands out above all of them. I don't even live in Utah anymore and fly in from California just because he and his staff are that good! Always uses the right amount of anesthetic, never makes you feel bad. Even when he's booked solid, the staff honestly works to fit you in if an opening comes up. He installed an implant, completed root canals, even came in on his day off just before Christmas a few years back to fix a chipped tooth."- S.J. / Yelp / Aug 02, 2012
"I had a horrible toothache, and had been miserable for days. I went to a dentist (different office) who was not able to do a root canal in their office, so I was referred to an endodontist. Over the weekend (a couple days later) the pain got so bad I could not tolerate it any longer. Dr Call answered the phone on Saturday and met me at his office within an hour! He got my root canal started and my pain was immediately relieved. I am now out of pain 2 days later. I am so thankful!! Talk about someone who cares!I have avoided the dentist for years because I normally don't numb properly. He got me numbed up easily, and was super gentle. I will be recommending him to everyone I know, and he has earned a patient (and my family) for life! To be without fear is a big deal for me."- B.C. / Google / Jul 21, 2019
"I had a horrible toothache, and had been miserable for days. I went to a dentist (different office) who was not able to do a root canal in their office, so I was referred to an endodontist. Over the weekend (a couple days later) the pain got so bad I could not tolerate it any longer. Dr Call answered the phone on Saturday and met me at his office within an hour! He got my root canal started and my pain was immediately relieved. I am now out of pain 2 days later. I am so thankful!! Talk about someone who cares! I have avoided the dentist for years because I normally don't numb properly. He got me numbed up easily, and was super gentle. I will be recommending him to everyone I know, and he has earned a patient (and my family) for life! To be without fear is a big deal for me."- B.C. / Google / Jul 28, 2019
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.