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Dental Emergency

Dental Emergency

Your comprehensive dental exam is a thorough evaluation of your oral health. We perform a visual inspection of your teeth, gums, tongue and throat.

Tooth Infection

Tooth Infection

Your comprehensive dental exam is a thorough evaluation of your oral health. We perform a visual inspection of your teeth, gums, tongue and throat.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Your comprehensive dental exam is a thorough evaluation of your oral health. We perform a visual inspection of your teeth, gums, tongue and throat.

Root Canal Q&A

  • Dr. Kenny Oswald
    Dr. Kenny Oswald Dentist

Tooth Pain Management

Dr. Oswald answers your Endodontic questions.
Deep Tooth Decay & The Purpose of a Root Canal

Deep Tooth Decay & The Purpose of a Root Canal

Root canal — what is your first reaction and feeling for these two innocent words? Fear? Worry? Anxiety? Are you running away in the other direction?

At Southern Oaks Family Dental Care we can ease your fears, worries and anxieties. Our experienced and highly qualified dentists perform root canals with speed, precision and efficiency. Your time in the chair will be minimized in order to make you sufficiently comfortable.

The purpose of a root canal is to repair or to save the tooth which has been damaged from deep decay, fillings, cracks and trauma. These things can often lead to infection, and we strongly recommend treating these problems immediately as they are detected.

  • You must be able to differentiate between the two parts of the tooth — the pulp and the root canal if you want to understand the root canal procedure.
  • The root canal is the pathway located at the center of the tooth and is responsible for housing the pulp.
  • The soft area which is called the pulp transports oxygen and nutrients to the root and the rest of the mouth.

The Cause and Process of a Root Canal

The Cause and Process of a Root Canal

When harmful bacteria gains access to the canals and infect the pulp of the tooth a root canal is necessary. If the patient does not get treated right away the infection can worsen and cause the pulp to die. This then causes an abscess which is an infection to the bone at the end of the root.

The Root Canal Procedure

In order to ensure your comfort we make sure the tooth is numbed completely. The pulp and the nerve are gently removed to enable us clean and reseal the inside of the tooth where the problem exists. The next step involves placing a special filling into the roots and rebuilding the core of the tooth. After completion a temporary tooth colored crown is placed to seal the top of the tooth. This is a temporary measure until a permanent replacement is created.

At Southern Oaks Family Dental Care we ensure that we will ease your fears, anxieties and worries. Patients often elect to go through this procedure and complete the dental treatment when being sedated.

Real Stories

Patient Reviews

  • They are so compassionate. I usually hate going to the dentist, its always a scary thing for me. Anxiety sets in and I usually chicken out and not go. Glad I didn't this time. They are so patient and very thorough in explaining everything to you. I would definitely recommend them highly.

    Sonya Bailey
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  • My sons first visit was May 4th. The whole staff was so welcoming and nice and made us feel at home. They are quick but also take their time with their patients as well. Danielle and Dominique and the Dentist himself were awesome. I love this place and recommend ANYONE to go there!!

    Kierra H.
    Kierra H.
  • My family of six went in Friday morning at 8am and all 6 of us were done by 10am! The staff is very friendly and welcoming. We had a great experience. They were so patient and kind with my children and made us very comfortable. Always checking on us and explaining each step they took . Gave great advice! I highly recommend them!

    Sarah S.
    Sarah S.
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