Tooth pain and sensitivity could be a sign that you’re dealing with a tooth infection. With nearly a decade of experience in endodontics and a state-of-the-art facility, Audrey May-Jones, DDS, can determine whether you have a tooth infection and perform root canal therapy to alleviate your pain at Proud To Serve Family Dentistry in Norman, Oklahoma. For more information on how a root canal can treat your tooth infection, call or book an appointment online today.
Endodontics consists of dental procedures meant to save teeth that are in danger of requiring extraction. The most common form of endodontic therapy is a root canal, a procedure in which Dr. Audrey removes infected dental pulp from inside your damaged tooth to alleviate pain and prevent the infection from worsening.
She also performs pulpotomies and pulpectomies, dental techniques used to save baby teeth that are at risk of falling out before they’re ready. Because Dr. Audrey is a holistic dentist, she’s committed to using nothing but safe substances that don’t contain harsh chemicals when performing endodontic therapy.
Also called pulp therapy, a pulpotomy is typically performed on baby teeth that are at risk of falling out too early. While your child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out on their own, removing them too early can negatively alter their bite and put them at risk of needing orthodontics later in life. Treating a dental pulp infection before your child’s tooth falls out allows Dr. Audrey to preserve the tooth until its ready to come out naturally.
A pulpectomy is an endodontic procedure that Dr. Audrey performs when the pulp within the crown and root canal of your child’s tooth becomes infected. To treat the infection, Dr. Audrey removes the infected pulp and cleans the entire chamber before placing a crown over your child’s tooth to restore its strength.
A root canal is essentially the same procedure as a pulpectomy but performed to save adult teeth from extraction. During the procedure, Dr. Audrey removes your infected dental pulp and cleanses the chamber. What makes her methods different than other dentists is that Dr. Audrey is a holistic dentist who only uses biocompatible materials during the treatment, rather than harmful chemicals. When it comes time to fill the empty chamber, she uses a safe mixture of ceramic and calcium phosphate before protecting the entire tooth with a durable dental crown.
Dr. Audrey provides a number of safe endodontic procedures for adult and pediatric patients. To learn more about your treatment options, call Proud To Serve Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.