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Root Canal Therapy – Carrollton, TX

Saving a Tooth by Removing the Infection

Your teeth are actually composed of three distinct layers. The outermost is, of course, the enamel, and below that is a hard, yellow substance called dentin. Within that lies the dental pulp, which is made up of various blood vessels, connective tissues, as well as the sensitive nerve of the tooth. Should decay or accident damage the pulp, it can cause quite a toothache—the kind that makes it hard to concentrate on just about anything else. Fortunately, Dr. Chandy can easily relieve this kind of pain and save a tooth using a root canal treatment in Carrollton. Thanks to her expertise and gentle touch, this often-feared procedure is now always the solution to dental pain, never the cause.

How Does a Root Canal Work?

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After examining your tooth and determining that a root canal is indeed necessary, the procedure itself will involve the following steps:

Do I Need a Root Canal?

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If you’re surprised to learn that you need a root canal, it may be because pain isn’t the leading symptom you’re experiencing. In most cases, what might feel like a general toothache will become more intense. While you can dislodge food that’s stuck between your teeth and causing discomfort, there’s not much you can do at home to relieve the pain found in the pulp of your tooth. When the infection spreads to the root, inflammation can occur and cause immense pain.

Aside from pain, other ways you can tell if you might need a root canal include:

Do Root Canals Hurt?

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There’s a common misconception that root canals are a painful dental procedure. We’re here to tell you that is not the case. Just like any surgical procedure, there will be some discomfort in the days after your surgery; however, the pain you’re experiencing is from the infection, not the procedure itself.

If your dentist in Carrollton recommends a root canal, don’t be afraid. In fact, be happy that the pain will no longer be an issue once the surgery is complete.

In the days following your root canal, you can expect:

What are the Benefits of Root Canals?

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Afterward, your root canal treated tooth should look and function perfectly normal for many years to come. If you have a persistent toothache, a root canal could provide the relief you need, so contact us today.

Root Canal FAQs

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At Aegis Dental, Dr. Chandy understands the idea of a root canal can be unnerving, but with all the information provide above, we hope you feel more comfortable and confident knowing a root canal is a good, not bad, procedure to have when it comes to saving your tooth. But we know you probably still have many questions about the process, which is why we’ve compiled a list of root canal FAQs in Carrollton for you to review. Take a few moments to look over these questions and feel free to contact us with any additional ones you may have. As always, we want you to have everything you need to make the right decision for your dental treatment.

How long does a root canal take?

This is dependent upon the extensiveness of the procedure and the status of the tooth in question. On average, a typical root canal can take 1-2 hours to complete, and it can be done in one appointment. However, there are times a second appointment is required. It will be necessary for you to return when your finalized dental crown is ready. This will allow us to remove the temporary one and secure the permanent one in place.

Why not just perform an extraction?

While it might seem odd not to simply extract a tooth that is severely decayed or damaged, the reason is that Dr. Chandy wants to help you keep your natural teeth as long as possible. By extracting a tooth, you are now in need of replacing it, which will require more dental work and money spent. Missing teeth can be problematic for your oral and overall health if not replaced in a timely manner. Not only can you experience changes in your facial appearance (i.e. facial sagging or collapse), but you are more susceptible to gum disease, and you are at an increased risk for bone and additional tooth loss.

How successful are root canals?

Fortunately, root canal treatment in Carrollton has a very high success rate (95% or higher). Patients have experienced an improved smile and oral health thanks to this procedure, and the results have been known to last a lifetime. In addition, the custom restoration you receive in the final stage of the process is designed to blend in with the rest of your smile, so no one will ever notice that you’ve had dental work.

Are there risks associated with a root canal?

As with any type of procedure, there are always risks. With a root canal, some of these include:

  • Reinfection of the tooth’s inner layer
  • More canals than normal in a single tooth, which can lead to them not being thoroughly cleaned
  • Wearing of the seal over time
  • An inadequate or poorly made dental crown that allows bacteria back into the tooth
  • Small crack or fracture in the tooth’s root

Should any of these situations present themselves, another root canal is possible; however, it does depend on each individual case and the severity of the reinfection. It may be necessary to have an apicoectomy to thoroughly clean the root portion of the tooth and relieve any inflammation or infection.

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