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Root Canal Treatment can Eliminate Infection and Prevent Tooth Loss
A cavity or other oral damage can allow bacteria to reach the inside of your tooth, resulting in an infection. An infected tooth can have a serious, negative impact on your health, and it is critical to seek treatment right away. Dr. Craig Hine and his team can determine if you can address the pain and sensitivity in your teeth with root canal treatment at their Bixby, OK, office. With conservative, gentle techniques, Dr. Hine can remove decay and infection and repair the tooth with a new dental restoration.
Why Undergo Treatment?
Symptoms that May Indicate the Need for Treatment
You may be suffering from dental infection if you are experiencing symptoms such as:
- Pain in a specific tooth, and generalized pain in the jaw near the tooth
- Swollen gums around the painful tooth
- Bad breath and a bitter taste
- Sensitivity to temperature
- A sore in the gum near the affected tooth
- Discolored gums around the damaged tooth, or a discoloration of the tooth itself
If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of dental infection, you should contact our office right away to schedule an appointment. If left untreated, an infection can result in tooth loss, and can also affect other areas of your overall health. Infection can spread to your jaw and other teeth, leading to serious illness.
Dr. Hine can work closely with your oral surgeon to provide results that give you decades of confident, healthy smiles.
What to Expect During Root Canal Therapy
With conservative, gentle techniques, Dr. Hine can remove decay and infection and repair the tooth with a new dental restoration.
Once you are ready, Dr. Hine will begin by removing the damaged areas of your tooth, including the tissues within the root canals. The root canal may be disinfected and then altered to accommodate a filling. When this process is complete, Dr. Hine will fill your tooth with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha before providing a dental restoration to rebuild its structure. With our advanced CEREC® technology, we can provide a same-day crown to restore your tooth. In less than an hour, we can create a customized restoration that can match your surrounding teeth. This crown can restore full function to your tooth and preserve the natural tooth from additional decay or infection.