ROOT CANAL THERAPY – ADDISON, TX

Stop Dental Pain and Save Your Tooth!

Does your tooth feel extremely sensitive? Is there significant pain in a specific tooth? The most likely cause of your discomfort is an infection hiding deep inside of your enamel. To treat this sensitive area and help you maintain a complete smile, Dr. De Vincenzo and Dr. Saremi will most likely recommend root canal therapy, a treatment which works to save your tooth. While many believe this treatment is “scary,” the fact is the procedure is actually quite comfortable and easy to complete thanks to modern dental instruments. In fact, most teeth can last the rest of your life following root canal therapy in Addison, TX; just make sure to practice daily oral hygiene and practice regular maintenance! To learn more about root canals, keep reading below, or give us a call.

WHY CHOOSE ADDISON FAMILY DENTISTRY FOR ROOT CANAL THERAPY?

When Are Root Canals Necessary?

Root canal therapy is needed when decay or damage has reached the inner portion of the tooth, called the pulp, where the nerve is housed. When the nerve is directly exposed to this damage, it can result in the mother of all toothaches, which is the most common sign that you need a root canal. If you put off root canal therapy, your tooth might need to be extracted.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

If you notice any of the following symptoms, call your emergency dentist in Addison for a consultation for root canal therapy:

How Are Root Canals Performed?

As scary as their reputation may be, there is actually nothing to fear about root canals. The procedure is pretty straightforward. We begin by numbing the area to make sure you won’t feel a thing. Then, we create a tiny hole in your tooth that will allow us access to the center. The damaged pulp and nerve tissues are removed and then replaced with a synthetic material called gutta-percha. Sometimes, we may apply a topical antibiotic to lessen the chances of further infection in the future. The access hole is then sealed back up.

In most cases, we recommend the placement of either a filling or a dental crown. This is because root canal therapy can leave a tooth brittle and vulnerable. To fortify the treated tooth and protect it from damage down the road, a temporary crown is usually placed over the tooth for a few weeks until a permanent crown is ready. Lastly, we may prescribe a round of oral antibiotics just to be on the safe side and prevent infection. Be sure to take your entire prescription, even if you don’t notice any signs of infection, like swelling and fever.

What Happens After Root Canal Therapy?

After a root canal, the majority of patients feel relief from their intense toothache and sensitivity. For a few days following treatment, though, you might feel some soreness and discomfort. This can be managed by taking any prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications as directed on the label. It’s also advisable to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth for a few days. For the first 48 hours after your procedure, there might be minor swelling, which can be mitigated by applying an ice pack in 10-minute intervals. If your pain or swelling persists longer than the first couple of days, call us immediately.