Root Canal Therapy
Root canals. This is probably the procedure my patients hate most, and I think it’s time to set the record straight.
If I’ve diagnosed a root canal for you, it is likely that your tooth is infected, and you are probably in pain. It is this discomfort that causes patients to associate root canals with pain. However, it is the infection that is causing your problem and not root canal therapy, which eliminates your infection and also preserves your natural tooth protecting it from an extraction. In fact, when we deliver dental anesthetics to you, your discomfort is relieved right away.
Why You Might Need a Root Canal
I will recommend root canal therapy for teeth that have been cracked, fractured, or decayed into the nerve of the tooth. It’s important to understand that a dental infection won’t go away without treatment, so please don’t wait to call my office. If you leave a dental infection untreated, it will begin to affect your surrounding teeth and could spread to other critical areas of your body.
During root canal therapy in Frisco, I will remove the diseased tissue inside your tooth and ensure that it is infection-free. Then I’ll seal it with a temporary filling. In most cases, I recommend that we strengthen your tooth with a crown after it’s healed to ensure that your tooth functions just as it did before.
If you’re wondering if the procedure will hurt, the answer is – no. I utilize the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you’re comfortable and you don’t feel anything during the procedure. I also use rotary endodontic tools, which are made of nickel titanium. This material is much more flexible than the stainless steel we used in the past, so it is more comfortable for our patients. These tools are also electric, which means I can complete root canal therapy in a more efficient manner.
Preventing Root Canal Therapy
Did you know that many root canal procedures could’ve actually been prevented? When you are proactive about visiting your Frisco dentist every six months, I am often able to detect concerns like tooth decay very early on. Then you can most likely treat the tooth with a dental filling, which will eliminate the decay before it can progress further into your tooth.
If you are noticing symptoms such as sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks, or tenderness when you bite or chew, this could be an early indication of decay in your tooth. An infection may also cause a raised bump in the gum tissue surrounding your tooth.
We want to help you avoid the need for more complex procedures. Contact my team at BRUSH Modern Dentistry right away to schedule a dental exam or emergency appointment.