A root canal is a common procedure used to relieve patients of pain and sensitivity, and improve the health of an affected tooth. At Lake Forest Dental in McKinney, Texas, Davina Prida, DDS, and her team do their best to ensure each patient experiences a comfortable, efficient procedure. To find out if you need a root canal, book an appointment with Dr. Prida by phone or online today.
A root canal is a procedure used to treat inflammation and infection in the pulp of the tooth. The pulp refers to the center of your tooth that contains nerves, tissue, and blood vessels. When the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, it can be painful and lead to an abscess.
Root canals are typically performed in one or two visits. The procedure begins with X-rays to give Dr. Prida a clear image of your damaged tooth. Next, Dr. Prida makes a small opening in the crown of your tooth to remove the pulp and clean out the root.
Once the pulp is cleared and the root cleaned, the next step is to fill the area with gutta-percha, a rubber-like non-reactive biocompatible material that prevents further infection.
Root canals are required when the pulp of your tooth is infected. This happens as a result of tooth decay, repeated dental treatments, or cracked or chipped teeth. Some of the signs that you might need a root canal include:
Root canals are necessary to remove decay and infection, save the natural tooth, and prevent further infections in the future.
Many people fear root canals in anticipation of extreme pain. The truth is, with the use of local anesthesia and modern techniques, root canals are no more painful than any other endodontic treatment. Aside from increased sensitivity after the procedure, root canals actually help relieve pain caused by infected tooth pulp.
For the first few days after your procedure, you can expect sensitivity and swelling in the treatment area. It's a good idea to avoid behaviors like smoking, aggressive brushing, and eating hard or irritating foods as the area heals. A follow-up visit is required to ensure the success of the procedure.
Most root canals also require the placement of a crown to protect the tooth and prevent further damage.
If you’d like to find out if a root canal is the right option for you, book an appointment with Dr. Prida and her team by phone or online today.