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, 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.