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.

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.

Rejuvenate Your Smile with Restorative Dentistry from Horsham Dental Elements

August 14, 2012

A beautiful smile is important, but so is a functional smile. That’s why Horsham Dental Elements offers a wide range of restorative dentistry services. Using our popular and effective restorative dentistry services, Dr. Gary Henkel can help patients from Horsham, Philadelphia, and beyond enjoy renewed confidence, improved functionality, and a better quality of life.

Our restorative dentistry services include:

But which of these is right for you?

Unfortunately, a blog post can’t tell you that—only a consultation appointment at our Horsham or Philadelphia office can. Which is why we’d like to go ahead and invite anyone who needs restorative dental care to call one of our offices for an appointment. During a simple consultation visit Dr. Henkel can take a close look at your smile and find out what your needs are. We can also tell you which of our restorative dentistry services are right for you and explain how each one works.

Are you ready to transform your smile? Give us a call today. You can also click on the links above to find out more about our services.

Dr. Henkel serves patients from Philadelphia, Horsham, and surrounding areas with excellent general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. We look forward to helping you!