I’ve Heard Horror Stories About Root Canals – What Should I Expect?

April 20, 2018

grimacing man holding jawRoot canal therapy has gotten a bad reputation. If you need a root canal, we have some great news – this negative reputation is very unfair. In fact, root canal therapy typically relieves the pain and dental sensitivity many patients feel prior to receiving this treatment. Root canals are comfortable, and they may just allow our team to save your damaged tooth. In this post, we’ll walk you through just what to expect, during and after your root canal therapy.

Practice Great Dental Care Habits with the Horsham Family Dentist

September 16, 2015

Happy family with outstanding oral health from their horsham family dentistGreat dental health starts and ends at home. There are no two ways about it. True, whenever you come to our office for a dental checkup or any other service, it can improve your oral health and give you a beautiful smile. It’s what we specialize at doing. However, at-home care is just as important as coming in to our office for a checkup. From brushing and flossing to watching what you eat, it all adds up in deciding how healthy your mouth will be.

Get to the Root of the Problem with Root Canal Therapy

October 14, 2014

480377293Sometimes, a root canal is the retort to an offer of something you really don’t want—as in, “I want that like I want a root canal.” But if you are experiencing the pain of severe tooth decay or an infected tooth, then the best choice may indeed be a root canal. Dr. Gary Henkel at Horsham Dental Elements in Philadelphia, PA, and Horsham, PA, is an expert in root canal therapy and uses state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that you receive the finest care possible.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

A root canal is the terminology used to describe the procedure used to save a badly decaying or infected tooth. During a root canal, Dr. Henkel—who lectures on endodontics and provides consulting services to three endodontic supply manufacturers or suppliers—removes the nerve, blood and soft tissue inside the canal. Then, the canal is thoroughly cleaned of decay and debris, and finally Dr. Henkel fills the canal to prevent further decay. Throughout the procedure, Dr. Henkel uses a surgical microscope for magnification and the best visibility possible during your root canal.

When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

Well first of all, if you are experiencing the pain of a severely decayed or infected tooth, a root canal will eliminate that pain. Secondly, the bacteria that causes the decay and infection can spread beyond the root of the tooth, bringing about an abscess. Although there are instances when no symptoms are present, some of the signs that may signal the need for a root canal include:

  • Extreme tooth pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • A darkening color of the tooth
  • Swelling of the gums around the tooth

With proper general dentistry care, a root canal may be avoidable. If one is necessary, however, rapid attention is required to head off further trouble, such as gum disease or the spread of bacteria throughout the body.

Call Our Office Today

If you suspect that you may need root canal therapy, schedule an appoint today with Dr. Gary Henkel at Horsham Dental Elements in Philadelphia, PA, or Horsham, PA. Our offices also serve patients in surrounding Bucks county and Montgomery county, as well as Hatboro, Springfield and Dresher.

Quality Dental Care for the Entire Family

July 3, 2012

At Horsham Dental Elements, what you’ll find is an experienced and knowledgeable team eager to help your entire family enjoy optimal oral health. And with two locations, we can extend that care to patients from Horsham, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Bucks County, and beyond.

Meeting Your Family’s Needs to Create Beautiful Smiles

Part of how Dr. Gary Henkel and our team are helping families every day is through meeting basic needs. That means treating decay and cases of gum disease at their earliest stages, before they’ve developed into cases that would require extensive restorative care.

General dentistry is about more than just meeting basic needs, though. It’s also about prevention. At Horsham Dental Elements we recommend that all patients—no matter what age—come to see us twice a year for a regular cleaning and checkup. Our goal through these regular visits is to help you maintain your oral health so that a more serious problem never develops. If it does, though, we can catch it quickly and begin working on a treatment plan with a regular exam and cleaning.

Regular visits and cleanings also give Dr. Henkel and our team a chance to educate our patients about good homecare. As effective as professional cleanings are, they’re only effective when they’re supported by great brushing and flossing at home. While you’re in our Horsham or Philadelphia office we’d be happy to talk to you about how you can take better care of your smile at home.

Is It Time for Your Next Appointment?

If it’s time for you to schedule your next appointment for yourself or your child, don’t hesitate to call Horsham Dental Elements today. Dr. Henkel serves patients from Montgomery, Philadelphia, Bucks County and beyond.