Brush Your Teeth or Pay the Consequence

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Root canals Tulsa doctors at Tulsa Endodontic Associates want to make sure you understand the consequences of not properly taking care of your teeth, gums, and mouth.  They see people every day who have not properly taken care of their mouths and are paying the consequences for their actions or inactions in many cases.  Brush your teeth at least two times per day, floss at least once per day, and wear the proper protective gear when in any situation that could cause damage to your teeth.  If you don’t take these precautions, you will need to be visiting the root canals Tulsa specialists at Tulsa Endodontic Associates.  Now, onto the good stuff or not so good stuff if your the one that doesn’t take proper care of your dental health and hygiene.

Endodontists specialize in correcting difficult issues relating to the diseases and injuries to the dental pulp, root, gums, and surrounding tissues of the teeth.  So if you are seeing them, that means you have a serious dental issues that are more than likely associated with some serious pain.  Pain serves as our friend in yelling very loudly that something is not right.  So, you call the endodontist, or you are referred to them by your regular dentist because you have a serious pain in the mouth going on that you want to be remedied.  You plop down in their highly sophisticated reclining chair with the special clip on bib and alien probe lights overhead.

The endodontist then goes to work to assess and diagnose the issue.  May times the solution to the issue will be a root canal.  That is after all why you have found yourself in the root canals Tulsa specialists fancy chair whether you knew that or not.  A root canal is the result of the mismanagement you did on the wellbeing of your teeth.  A root canal is a part of your tooth, but it is also a procedure done a tooth.

A root canal procedure roughly goes like this.  First, you are either sedated or given anesthesia to mitigate the pain associated with the procedure.  Second, once you are numb or knocked out, an opening is created through the top of your tooth, also knows as the crown, clear down to the pulp chamber of the tooth.  The pulp chamber is located towards the bottom center of the tooth in the root.  Once this opening has been created the endodontist removes the infection and any unhealthy pulp from the root canals.  Once everything that needed to be cleaned out has been removed, the canals are shaped and prepped for a permanent filling material to be added.  Irrigation is typically used before the filling is added to rid the canals of any debris that may have fallen in.  Once all is clear a permanent filling is put in place to help keep the tooth free from contaminants or infection.  Lastly, a temporary material is placed on top of the tooth to seal the opening until a permanent cap or crown is put on.

Sounds like a grand ol’ time right?  Well, it is when you get it done from the professionals at Tulsa Endodontic Associates. However, my guess is you would rather not have it done at all.  If that is, in fact, the case, then take proper care of your teeth and mouth by keeping good dental hygiene habits.  Brush your teeth at least two times per day (morning and night), floss at least every night if not in the morning as well, and wear the proper mouth guards and protective gear when participating in anything that could cause damage to your teeth.  If do end up needing a root canal go to the root canals Tulsa experts at Tulsa Endodontic Associates.

What Is a Root Canal

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The root canals Tulsa specialists want to make sure you know what a root canal is as many people have never heard the term or don’t fully understand what it is.  There are really two things that can be meant by the words root canal.  First, and very simply a root canal is the pulp-filled cavity in the root of teeth.  The second definition is related to the procedure to fix the root canal in a tooth by which the pulp of a tooth is infected and thus replaced by an inert material.  An endodontis is a specially trained dentist who is specifically skilled in completing this procedure.

The steps of a root canals procedure are as follows.  First and foremost there actually has to be a tooth that is in need of a root canal because it is inflamed or infected at the root.  Once the tooth is determined to be a good candidate to be fixed by a root canal the patient is given anesthesia to reduce the pain.  After the anesthesia takes effect the dentist or endodontist goes to work preparing the tooth.  The first order of business involves a drill or endodontic file is used to make an opening through the crown, top, of the tooth clear down to the root to allow access to the infected pulp chamber.  Once this opening has been created the endodontist then is able to clean out the unhealthy pulp and the infection that caused the damage.

Then the rebuilding of the tooth begins.  First the root canals are shaped and prepped for the filling material.  Before the filling material is put into the canals irrigation is used to clear any excess debris from the canals.  When all is clear the canals are filled with a permanent material to keep them from becoming re-infected or contaminated.  Now that the canals are clean and filled a temporary filling is put in place to seal the opening of the tooth.  The filling will be removed once a permanent filling is put in place known as a crown or cap.

There are quite a few steps involved in this procedure and that is why you want to make sure you have a root canals Tusla doctor who is experienced in it to ensure the best possible outcome.  How would you like to have to have two of those done on the same tooth because of a misstep from the doctor?  Once you have one of these done you will for sure take a little better care of your teeth to ensure you don’t have to have one again.  However, the doctors at Tulsa Endodontic Associates will make your root canal experience so enjoyable that you will want another…er, wishful thinking.  They will ensure you the least amount of discomfort as possible though.

Tulsa Endodontic Associates is a patient first facility meaning they want to make sure that everything they do is for the patient and in their best interest.  From easy and fast appointment scheduling to affordable care and easy billing the staff at Tulsa Endodontic Associates will get you well taken care of.  Root canals Tulsa doctors who really care about their patients wellbeing are not always easy to find.  That is why Dr. Stone and Dr. Ritter do everything they can to ensure you find them when you are in need of tooth pain relief.  Visit them at

Root Canals With Half the Pain

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Do you have a pain in the mouth?  Root canals Tulsa endodontists at Tulsa Endodontic Associates can help with that.  Endodontists are specially trained dentists in the areas of injuries to the root, pulp, and/or surrounding teeth, gums, and tissues.  If you have a pain in the mouth they are who you want to call.  They are the fastest road to a pain free mouth.

The first step in pain-free root canals is proper dental prevention.  Gently brush your teeth twice a day for about two minutes.  Floss at least once per day.  Wear proper mouth and teeth protection when in any situation that you may get hit in the mouth or in the head where damage to the teeth could occur.  Root canal procedures are typically needed when a tooth has not been properly taken care of in some fashion or another whether it be improper brushing or flossing or not wearing the correct mouth guard to prevent chipping and cracking.

The root canals Tulsa doctors at Tulsa Endodontic Associates use a drill to drill a route to the root of the tooth so that they can get at the pulp in the tooth’s canals.  After they have drilled the access point through the crown to the root of the tooth they go to work on cleaning out the unhealthy pulp and infection.  Then it is time to make that tooth good as new again by filling it with a permanent material to plug the hole and keep the tooth canals free of any new contamination or infections.  Temporary filling material is added on top of the permanent material to make sure the opening is sealed until the tooth is capped with something more permanent like a crown.

With all of this talk about the tooth, it may be a good idea to review all of the parts of a tooth.  The outer layer that we can see and is exposed to the environment is call the enamel.  Enamel is the hard out layer that protects the tooth.  Next comes the dentin which is a calcified tissue.  The dentin encapsulates the pulp of the tooth.  When looking at a tooth the part above the gums is knows as the crown and the part implanted in the gums is the root.  The pink fleshy tissue that surround the root of the tooth is of course called the gums.

Root canals Tulsa specialists Dr. Stone and Dr. Ritter at Tulsa Endodontic Associates will treat your tooth pain as if it were their own.  They will ensure you the fastest route to a pain free tooth and back to a happy mouth reading for eating.  Always remember the best way to have a pain free root canal is to take good care of your teeth with proper prevention.  This means flossing and brushing every day as well as wearing the proper protective give in any situation where your teeth could be in jeopardy of injury.  If all else fails and you end up with a painful tooth visit right away.