You probably don’t like the idea of having a root canal performed. However, this beneficial treatment can get your smile back on track. Root canal therapy in Stillwater from Dr. Ernest Reeh offers you all these benefits:Comfortable Care To Get You Out of Pain Read Transcript
Lots of people think root canals are awful and are very scared of what's going to go on. Couldn't be farther from the truth. The biggest pain is the pain you're experiencing before you do care. We will ensure that you are thoroughly numb, profoundly numb. Numb enough isn't good enough. You need to be entirely numb and comfortable so that care proceeds without a hitch. And many patients have asked, “Do you use different anesthetics?” No, I use the same anesthetics. But I am versed in more techniques and total comfort is absolutely essential for what I do. So you will be thoroughly comfortable throughout your care. Your pain will be relieved. You will be on the path to recovery. There's no better implant than your natural tooth. And our job is to assist your dentist in the process of making sure that retaining your natural tooth is realistic.
- Stops your dental pain and helps you relax
- Saves your diseased tooth from extraction in most cases
- Protects the health of your other teeth and gums
- Prevents the need for additional dental work
- Prepares your tooth for a finishing restoration such as a crown
If you think you might need a root canal, call our office for a consultation: 651-370-9498. We offer emergency and same-day care whenever possible. Our competent and compassionate crew looks forward to helping you smile again! Sedation is always available if you’re nervous about your procedure.
Keep Your Tooth Intact With a Root Canal
Many people have misconceptions about root canal treatment. There are numerous myths about root canals floating around, including one that claims it’s better to extract a tooth than perform a root canal on it.
Another common belief is that a root canal is a painful treatment to be feared. In actuality, a root canal procedure by a board certified endodontist like Dr. Reeh is no more uncomfortable than getting a tooth filled. Dr. Reeh will make sure the area we’re working on is fully numb before he attempts anything with your tooth. You shouldn’t feel any pain at all.
The purpose of a root canal is to remove the diseased pulp, seal off the tooth, and save it from extraction. It is always better to keep your natural tooth in place whenever possible. Although there are great tooth replacement options available today, including dental implants, a natural tooth will always outperform a replacement.
Trust in Dr. Reeh’s Expertise
To perform a root canal:
- Using our CT scanner, we will first create a 3-D image of your mouth for a detailed look at your tooth, roots, nerves, and bone for efficient diagnosis and treatment planning.
- Dr. Reeh will access the diseased pulp through a small opening in the top of the tooth.
- He will then use specialized instruments to clean out the pulp.
- The inside of the tooth will be sanitized to completely eliminate any bacteria.
- Dr. Reeh will also carefully repair and shape the root canals.
- He will fill the root canals with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha to help prevent future problems.
- A temporary or permanent filling will be placed on top of the tooth to seal the opening.
We recommend that you have your regular dentist place a crown on the repaired tooth to strengthen it and restore your biting and chewing capacity. Once this is complete, you shouldn’t have any more problems from this tooth.
Occasionally, a root canal may need to be repeated. Endodontic retreatment may be required due to hidden root canals that didn’t show up on X-rays or a crown that isn’t placed on the tooth soon enough. In either situation, lingering bacteria can create problems that we need to correct.
If you think you might need root canal therapy in Stillwater, call us today at 651-370-9498 to make an appointment with Dr. Reeh. You can also make an appointment .