Root Canal Therapy, or endodontic therapy, may be necessary when intense toothache, swelling gums, abscess on the gums, and sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks are experienced. These symptoms indicate severe gum and tooth problems wherein cavities and oral infections have reached the pulp, killing the tooth and damaging the nerves. If not treated, the infection can form abscesses and can eat away at the jawbone. The treatment is performed to remove the infected pulp and disinfect the tooth canal. Dr. Matthew Warlick performs root canal therapy on patients in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and surrounding areas of Oklahoma.
During the consultation for Root Canal Therapy, Dr. Warlick examines the infected gums and tooth, as well as the adjacent teeth and then discusses the treatment procedure. To begin the treatment, a numbing cream is applied on the gums, followed by a local anesthesia to completely numb the mouth, including the cheeks and the tongue. A thin rubberized sheet is placed on the damaged tooth to separate it from the adjacent healthier teeth, and prevent tooth chips and dental items from reaching the throat.
Dr. Warlick extracts the pulp and places antibiotics and filling materials inside the tooth. After the extraction and disinfection, a permanent root canal filling, otherwise known as a crown, is made by creating an impression of the damaged tooth. Crowns are necessary to seal and strengthen the treated tooth.
After Root Canal Therapy, a patient may experience sensitivity, swelling, and throbbing pain, all of which can be relieved by pain and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. The pain usually disappears two to three days after treatment. To ward off infections and prolong the benefits of Root Canal Therapy, patients are advised to practice good oral hygiene, and to visit Dr. Warlick regularly.