About Root Canal Therapy
While many people dread the words “root canal,” it is actually a very useful and virtually painless treatment to save a tooth once it becomes infected. When the pulp (inner section) of a tooth gets infected, it not only causes pain and discomfort, but it can put the entire tooth in jeopardy of failing where the tooth can die. During a root canal therapy, DFW cosmetic dentist, Dr. Scott Staffel, will utilize the Isolite mouthpiece to aid in comfortably removing the infected pulp in order to save the remaining tooth. After the root canal, Dr. Staffel will often fill the tooth or place a crown in order to strengthen and protect the tooth from further damage. Leaving an infected tooth in the mouth can cause serious repercussions that can spread to other parts of the body.
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What to Expect
Before a root canal therapy, the dentist usually administers local anesthesia to numb the teeth and gums. In some cases, sedation can be used for patients with strong anxiety or a sensitive gag reflex. The dentist will first remove the pulp from the infected tooth/teeth, and then the dentist will place a crown or inject filling material to provide future protection. Since some patients are at higher risk of developing an infection because of preexisting conditions like congenital defects and artificial heart valves, the dentist may prescribe a round of antibiotics before and after the root canal treatment.
If only local sedation is used, the patient will be able to drive and recover at home immediately after a root canal. When some forms of sedation are used, the patient may need a responsible adult to take him or her home. Patients normally experience temporary numbness and some have may have minor discomfort that can usually be alleviated with an over-the-counter painkiller. If a temporary crown was placed over the tooth, the permanent crown will be placed and fitted at another appointment. After a root canal, daily brushing and flossing at home is needed, along with regular visits to the dentist to maintain the health of the treated tooth/teeth.
A root canal procedure is performed for a medical reason so the treatment is usually covered at least in part by dental insurance. However, insurance may not cover additional expenses for emergency care. Our office accepts several forms of payment and we can also help patients with financing plans, if needed.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 2 Days
If you are suffering from pain, discomfort, and other tooth problems, you can often seek relief with a root canal therapy performed right in our office. You should talk to your dentist about a root canal therapy to avoid worsening problems. With modern dental equipment, techniques, and sedation options, fixing an infected tooth doesn't have to be painful or time consuming. Call us today for an appointment.