Root Canal Therapy – Carrollton, TX
An End to Your Tooth Pain
When it comes to dental procedures, nothing quite strikes the same type of fear as the words root canal. While the process was known for being uncomfortable in the past, we now live in a new era of more advanced and painless dental procedures. When you visit us at DD Family Dentistry of Carrollton, you’ll finally be able to have your pain addressed, and you’ll have a fully restored tooth. To get the relief you need, contact us today to schedule a visit.
What is a Root Canal?
The purpose of root canal therapy in Carrollton is to restore a tooth that has endured damage that can’t be addressed with a mere cavity filling. The more complex root canal procedure provides a way to remove the decayed tissue so the painful sensations that are typical with advanced decay can be alleviated. After Dr. Durga completes the first phase of the process, she’ll place a porcelain crown that will leave the tooth fully restored and functional.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A traditional cavity filling is used to restore damaged enamel, the protective outer layer of the teeth. However, if bacteria growth is allowed to proceed, the decay can eventually reach the more sensitive dentin and then the pulp area, where the canals and nerve are housed. At this point, there will usually be intense bouts of pain or a continuous toothache.
By the time the problem reaches this stage, it’s of the utmost importance to give us a call at our Carrollton office so the decay can be stopped before even greater challenges arise. Therefore, your pain can be eliminated, and you can return to leading a normal life.
How Long Does the Root Canal Procedure Take?
Typically, we’ll complete the root canal process in two visits. At your first appointment, here’s what you can expect to happen:
- X-rays captured to pinpoint the decay
- Numbing medication administered
- An initial incision made into the tooth to gain access to the decayed tissue
- The infected tissue removed and the area cleaned
- A compound called gutta-percha added to fill the tooth
- The tooth sealed
- Bite impressions taken and a temporary crown placed
After these steps are taken, your first visit will conclude. Meanwhile, we’ll send your bite impressions to a trusted lab so your final crown can be fabricated. Once it’s ready, we’ll invite you back to our office to have it placed, and you’ll leave fully restored.
Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?
As eluded to earlier, you’re fortunate to live in an era of painless dental procedures. Before the process starts, we’ll make sure the treatment area is completely numb so that you have a painless experience. If you suffer from dental procedure anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry so your experience will be stress-free as well.
Once the initial phase of the root canal is done, though, and the medication wears off, it’s common to experience a slight bit of discomfort for the next 24-48 hours. The good news is that with an over-the-counter pain reliever, it can usually be managed. It’s also important during this period that you eat soft foods and abstain from performing vigorous oral hygiene in that part of your mouth.
If you’re in pain, we can definitely help you. So don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist in Carrollton to request a visit.
Root Canal FAQs
Do you have a root canal in Carrollton coming up soon? Maybe you’ve got some anxiety about it because of some scary rumors you’ve heard. Unfortunately, too many patients let worries influence their decision to put off the procedure which literally ends up costing them a tooth. At DD Family Dentistry, we don’t want your nervousness to prevent you from regaining the healthy, natural smile you deserve. To put your mind at ease, our team has answered some frequently asked questions below. If you don’t see a question that’s been on your mind, be sure to contact our office!
Why Do I Need a Root Canal If My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt?
Intense tooth pain often leads people to their dentist’s office only to discover they need a root canal. However, just because you don’t feel any tooth pain doesn’t mean that everything is fine. It’s possible your tooth’s nerves have “died” due to trauma or infection without first feeling any discomfort, and so your tooth is no longer capable of feeling pain. Biannual dental exams are crucial to allow your dentist to check for any signs of trouble that you may not have noticed.
How Long Do Root Canals Take?
Although root canal therapy can usually be completed in one appointment, it may sometimes require two sessions. During your first visit, Dr. Devarakonda will place a temporary antibacterial medicine inside the tooth to relieve your pain. Then, you’ll return to the office at a later date to have the inside of your tooth cleaned out. In most cases, the procedure will take 30-90 minutes. Of course, the amount of time varies depending on the location of the tooth. Molars have more root canals that must be disinfected than front teeth, so root canal therapy for back teeth usually takes more time.
Are Root Canals Safe?
Faulty research conducted almost a century ago led to persistent rumors claiming root canals are unsafe and increase your risk of various medical conditions. However, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) has thoroughly debunked this idea. Root canal therapy performed by a qualified dentist in Carrollton is quite safe with a success rate of about 95 percent. As with any medical procedure, there is a very small chance of some bacteria remaining in the tooth after a root canal and causing reinfection. It’s important to play it safe, so be sure to let your dentist know if you experience intense swelling, pain, or fever in the days after your root canal.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Root Canal?
Even though the recovery time is different for everyone, most patients can return to their usual activities the day after their root canal. Keep in mind that strenuous exercise can divert blood from the site and delay the healing process. That said, if your job requires physical labor, it’s best to take the next 2-3 days off. Your mouth will also feel sore in the first few days after your procedure. Fortunately, you can manage your discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication and using a cold compress. While you heal, make sure you avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the root canal occurred.