Although many patients get a feeling of dread when they hear the words “root canal,” the procedure’s negative connotations are largely a relic of years gone by at this point. Modern dentistry has improved upon the root canal to the extent that many patients tell us that their root canal treatment was no different than getting fillings done.
Not only are root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, far more comfortable than in years past, the procedure is among the most important tools your dentist in Grand Prairie has for preserving a patient’s biological teeth.
A root canal is needed when a tooth is so severely damaged or decayed that the pulp, the soft inner core of the tooth that contains its nerve center, is exposed, putting it at risk for infection, abscesses or eventually tooth loss. If you’ve developed a persistent toothache, increased sensitivity to temperatures or discoloration of the tooth, you may be a candidate for a root canal.
In such cases, your dentist will clean out the pulp chamber and canal space thoroughly to remove any remaining bacteria and seal the empty space with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha. At a later date, the patient typically is fitted with a crown to protect the tooth from further damage or loss.
If you care for the tooth properly following a root canal, it is possible that the restoration will last for the rest of your lifetime.
Even with improved root canal techniques, our practice goes the extra mile to ensure patient comfort. Patients may opt for nitrous oxide sedation to put them at ease during the root canal, and we also offer relaxing music for you to listen to during your procedure.
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Root canal therapy is a tooth-saving procedure than can greatly improve patient comfort and salvage a tooth from extraction. Depending on a patient’s needs, root canal treatment may be followed by restorative dental treatment such as a filling or crown. When it comes to providing endodontic and restorative treatment, our experienced dentists provide gentle and thorough care to patients in our community.
The root canal is a chamber inside the tooth, that when exposed to external oral bacteria, can become infected and inflamed. Inside the root canal lie pulp (which contains cellular material) and the nerves inside teeth. When a root canal is exposed and infected, it can cause severe discomfort in the form of sharp pain when eating and drinking and/or persistent toothache. Read More…
Teeth are very unique biological structures—especially when compared to other parts of the body such as tendons and bone. For example, when you injure a tendon or break a bone, these structures can self-repair and generate new tissue. Teeth, however, cannot self-repair once damaged by injury or disease. This is why restorative and endodontic therapy such as a root canal treatment must be performed by a dentist to restore the health of a tooth.
The root canal is located inside the tooth. This chamber houses pulp, nerves, and cellular material. In a healthy tooth, the root canal does not come into contact with debris from food or harmful oral bacteria because it is sealed. Read More…
A root canal is needed when the nerve of a tooth has been damaged due to trauma or infection. For most patients, they can return to work or school right after having their tooth treated.
A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a procedure where your dentist will clean out the canals of the affected tooth. A dental x-ray is taken prior to the procedure for a couple of reasons. The dental provider will want to verify the number of roots involved and how they are positioned. An access point is drilled in the tooth; a special drill called a file is used to remove the contents of each canal.
The contents of the canal consist of blood and nerve tissue along with pulp. The file is used to remove the contents of each canal, and then the opening is sealed. Treating each canal is critical to the success of the procedure. Any canal left untreated can require the need for retreatment. Read More…