Root canal therapy is among the most common and proven general dental treatments used to save a diseased tooth. Although it is often associated with dread, a root canal is in fact a simple procedure that is designed to relieve the pain of a severely infected tooth. At Dentistry of Highland Village, we go out of our way to make your dental visits comfortable and rewarding. If you are suffering from a tooth that is badly infected, decayed or damaged, we want to see you as soon as possible. We have a skilled team of dental professionals who deliver compassionate, patient-centered during root canal therapy. To ensure your time in the dental chair is painless and relaxing, our practice offers sedation dentistry, Bose headphones and blankets if you choose.
What is the purpose of a root canal?
When a tooth has deep decay or severe damage, bacteria is allowed to penetrate the tooth center. Unfortunately, this can cause an infection in the pulp of the tooth where the nerves reside. Patients can experience a number of disruptive symptoms, including significant pain, swelling, sensitivity and the formation of a dental abscess. If left untreated, the infection can damage the surrounding jawbone and compromise your overall health. A root canal is the procedure of choice to save a diseased tooth that would otherwise die and need to be extracted.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
It is possible for patients to be without pain when a root canal is recommended. However, most patients experience one or more of the following symptoms, which warrants root canal treatment:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain upon chewing pressures
- Tooth discoloration/darkening
- Severe toothache
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Swelling and/or tenderness
What happens during a root canal?
Depending your on specific situation, your root canal treatment may involve one to three visits. During your procedure, the diseased pulp is removed from your tooth center. This will not affect the health or function of your tooth. Next, we will clean the central chambers of the tooth and seal it properly. Lastly, a dental composite is used to fill the tooth, which restores its natural strength and structure. Your treatment may be extended to include a dental crown if you had a tooth that was severely decayed. Regardless of the severity of your tooth damage, you can trust Dentistry of Highland Village to restore it to optimal function, better health and natural aesthetics.
If you are suffering from pain from an infected tooth, please contact our office today to schedule a root canal. Our practice offers extended hours Monday through Sunday to ensure we are ready and available when your smile needs attention.