Root Canal Specialist

Wrany R Southard, D.D.S., P.C. -  - Doctor of Dental Surgery

Southard Dental

Wrany R Southard, D.D.S., P.C.

Doctor of Dental Surgery & Aesthetic Dentistry located in Tulsa, OK

A root canal prevents further damage or infection to the soft tissue in the center of your tooth. At Southard Dental, Wrany Southard, DDS, PC, and his skilled team have the expertise and experience to save your tooth with a root canal. If you have a toothache or signs of an infected tooth, call the practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma, today for an appointment or use the online booking tool

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

Dr. Southard performs root canals at his practice as an outpatient procedure. The purpose of a root canal is to remove the infected pulp from your tooth. 

Your pulp has connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves that help your tooth grow. It also allows you to feel temperature variations, but it’s not necessary in order for your tooth to survive.

If your pulp becomes infected, you can lose your tooth if you don’t have a root canal procedure.

When is a root canal necessary?

Common causes for needing a root canal include:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Deep tooth decay
  • Injuries from sports or a fall
  • Trauma to your mouth

You might also benefit from a root canal if you have a tooth that has become weakened from multiple procedures.

What is a root canal procedure like?

When you come to Southard Dental for a root canal, you can expect a quick and relatively pain-free experience. Dr. Southard gives you a local anesthetic, targeting your tooth roots and gums, ensuring that you don’t feel anything during the procedure.

He then makes a hole in the top of your tooth to gain access to the infected area and removes the infected pulp. He cleans your tooth with an antiseptic and fills it with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. 

The last step involves taking an impression of your mouth if it needs a crown. If so, Dr. Southard gives you a temporary crown to wear until your permanent one comes in. In other cases, Dr. Southard can seal your tooth with a permanent filling without the need for a crown. The entire process only takes about 45 minutes.

What can I expect during my recovery after my root canal?

You might have some swelling and tooth sensitivity for a few days, which is normal. Dr. Southard gives you instructions to follow so you can experience a successful healing process. 

You can take over-the-counter pain medication, as needed. You can also brush and floss your teeth, but be gentle. You should also avoid chewing on the treated side of your mouth until Dr. Southard places your permanent crown if you’re waiting for one.

If you have pain in your tooth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Southard today. Call or book your visit online.