Root Canal Therapy – Carrollton, TX
Pain Relief When You Need It Most
Has one of your teeth developed an infection? You may need root canal treatment. Dr. Caballeros can help relieve your pain and discomfort while saving your tooth from further damage with a root canal. During root canal treatment, the infected nerve and all other traces of the infection will be removed from the tooth. Then, we will fill your tooth with a special substance known as Gutta-percha and place a protective crown over the tooth as an added layer of protection to restore the function of the tooth. Once we’re finished, your tooth will be restored to its previous health and beauty.
Why Choose On Point Dentistry for Root Canal Therapy?
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Patients in Pain
- Sedation Dentistry Makes Every Procedure Comfortable
- Flexible Payment Options
What is Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal is needed to treat an infected tooth. Tooth decay causes the inside of the tooth known as the pulp to become infected. The pulp contains connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that are vital to keeping a tooth nourished. However, when these become damaged by infection, the tooth cannot survive. Not to mention, the infection can begin to spread, wreaking havoc in your mouth.
You need to remove the infection to save the tooth and to prevent any additional complications from occurring. Once the infection and damaged tissue have been removed, the pain and discomfort will be resolved, allowing you to regain your ability to bite and chew while decreasing sensitivity. Using the latest advancements in dentistry, we will repair the tooth to give it a natural appearance while restoring its function.
The Root Canal Procedure
During the procedure to fix an infected tooth, the inflamed and infected pulp will be removed, as well as any additional damaged tissue. The tooth is then cleaned and disinfected prior to using a rubber-like material to fill and seal the inside of the tooth. Then, a custom-made crown or filling is placed over the tooth to protect the tooth from additional damage. This will also allow you to regain the function of the tooth for improved chewing.
Once you’ve had your procedure, it’s normal to have some tenderness in the area for a couple of days as your body heals. The discomfort can easily be relieved using over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications. While you’re healing, it’s best not to eat hard or crunchy foods. You’ll continue to care for your repaired tooth just as you care for your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. If your dentist used a temporary filling material, you may need to follow extra restrictions while you wait for your permanent crown to be placed.
What to Expect After a Root Canal
With the proper treatment for an infected tooth, your tooth restoration will last just as long as your other natural teeth with the right care. We will check your root canal at each visit to ensure the crown is firmly held in place and hasn’t experienced any damage. In addition, we may use periodical X-rays to ensure the proper healing has occurred.
Don’t let the pain and discomfort of a tooth infection ruin your day. Call On Point Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Caballeros.
Root Canal FAQs
It’s no secret that root canals are one of the most highly feared dental procedures. However, its reputation is far worse than the actual procedure – that’s why doing your research is so important! If you have a few questions on your mind, we’re here to help. To start, our knowledgeable team is just a phone call away if you’d like to speak with us directly. Otherwise, you can keep reading to learn the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions we get from patients.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Thanks to powerful numbing agents, most patients find root canal therapy no more cumbersome than a traditional filling! So, if the fear of the procedure being painful is holding you back, don’t fret. In fact, getting a root canal can actually relieve pain by removing the infection and restoring your tooth. As a result, you’ll be able to chew and bite into all of your favorite foods pain-free again!
Is There an Alternative to a Root Canal?
In short, the answer is yes. The alternative to getting a root canal is getting the tooth extracted entirely. However, our number one goal is always to restore your natural teeth whenever possible. Removing them entirely requires an extensive healing process and a tooth replacement down the line, like a dental bridge or dental implants. Remember, having a root canal as an option is actually good news because it means your tooth can be saved!
How Should I Prepare for a Root Canal?
Perhaps the most important step in preparing for a root canal is talking to your dentist. Ask them about specific instructions they’d like you to follow leading up to the procedure, including picking up prescription pain relief medication if necessary. You should also inquire about aftercare instructions, like if you need a trusted adult to drive you home after your appointment.
I’m Nervous About Getting a Root Canal – What Should I Do?
If getting a root canal makes you nervous, you’re not alone. To relieve your anxiety, try talking to your dentist about what to expect the day of. Hearing a step-by-step breakdown of the procedure will help you be informed and give you insight into just how straightforward the process is. If you struggle with more moderate to severe dental-related anxiety, then ask about sedation dentistry!
What Can I Do to Speed Up the Healing Process?
Although the root canal procedure is straightforward, it’s important to still take your recovery seriously. While your dentist will provide you with a list of specific instructions regarding your aftercare, there are a few all-encompassing ones you can expect. To start, stick to soft foods while you heal, like hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, applesauce, and mashed potatoes. Next, rinse with a mixture of salt and warm water 2-3 times per day to help prevent infection. Lastly, continue to brush and floss your teeth, exercising caution around the newly treated tooth.
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