At our dental office, we take pride in offering advanced options for root canal treatment in The Energy Corridor. Our dentists can provide you with prompt attention for infections and other issues that may make a root canal procedure necessary. By making an appointment with our office as soon as possible, you can reduce the risk of side effects and complications that could affect the health of your teeth and gums.
Left untreated, dental infections can cause damage to surrounding teeth and could cause bone loss in the jaw. Extreme cases could result in the spread of infection to other parts of the body. Making sure that you seek treatment immediately can help you avoid these unwanted consequences. To eliminate infections in the roots of your teeth, call our dental practice today to schedule your consultation.
All About Your Root Canal Procedure
Most root canals are needed to treat infections in the roots or interior of the teeth. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms of these infections include the following:
- A swollen spot on the gums that is painful to the touch
- Sensitivity to heat or cold that does not stop when the hot or cold substance is removed
- Pain that radiates from a single point in the mouth
- Darkening of the enamel of the affected tooth
If you or any member of your family is currently experiencing these warning signs, we recommend that you make an appointment with our dental practice right away. We can provide you with the dental help you need to resolve your issues and save your tooth before it is too late.
The Basics of Your Root Canal
Before your root canal can be scheduled, you will need a comprehensive examination from our dentists to determine what is causing your symptoms. This may involve bitewing X-rays, scanning or a full dental examination. If an infection is to blame for your pain and swelling, we may need to put you on antibiotics to prevent that infection from spreading and to prepare your teeth for the next step in the process.
Our dental team will consult with you to make sure that your procedure is as painless as possible. We offer a number of options for anesthesia and pain management. Our dentists will provide you with comprehensive information on the effects and costs of your sedation options for your root canal treatment plan.
Some of our patients may already have an opening in the interior of their tooth. This could be caused by decay or by pressure creating a crack in the tooth. In these cases, we may use the existing opening or widen it with a drill to provide the room needed to perform the root canal procedure. If no hole is present, your dentist will make one to ensure that the pulp, roots and infected materials can be extracted safely and cleanly.
When all of the soft material inside the tooth has been removed, our dental team will smooth out the root canals to ensure that the sealant material will fit tightly inside these narrow tunnels. A rubbery material called gutta percha is most often used to fill in the gaps and to prevent infected tissue from entering the tooth again. Once the tooth has been filled with this sealant, a filling is applied to provide greater stability. If necessary, your dentist may fabricate and apply a crown to protect your tooth from further damage in the future.
Should I See a Specialist or a General Dentist?
An endodontic specialist has the training and experience needed to diagnose and treat disorders of the interior of the tooth. In most cases, a normal root canal can be performed by a general dentist at our office. If we determine that your case is more complex than normal or has other factors the might affect the root canal procedure, we will refer you to a specialist. We will determine the best route and provider to help you achieve your dental goals and eliminate your dental pain and infection. We want to ensure that you have access to the dental care you need when you need it most urgently.
Managing the Cost of Root Canals
Our dental practice will provide you with practical help in dealing with the cost of your root canal and other procedures. We offer payment options and work with your dental insurance plan to ensure that your care is as affordable as possible for you and your family members. Call us today to schedule an appointment with us. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.