More than 15 million root canals are performed each year to treat infected pulp inside of teeth. Kenneth Higgins, DDS, and the team at IDTC Dental Center LLC offer root canals to strengthen your affected tooth and provide pain relief from infection. Without root canal treatment, the damaged pulp can worsen and lead to losing teeth. To schedule a root canal, call or use the online booking tool today and make an appointment at the office in Grand Prairie, Texas.
A root canal is a very common dental procedure that treats infection. When the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected with bacteria due to an injury or an untreated cavity, it can cause painful symptoms.
Root canal treatment removes the diseased pulp and restores your healthy tooth. Without root canal treatment, the infected pulp inside your tooth can cause oral decay or tooth loss.
Your dentist at IDTC Dental Center LLC numbs your tooth with a sedative using a needle. This can cause a brief pinching sensation. Once your tooth is numb, they place a small rubber sheet around your tooth that keeps it clean and dry during root canal treatment.
Using a small drill, your dentist makes an opening in the top part of your affected tooth so they can access the pulp inside. Then they use surgical tools to remove the infected pulp inside your tooth. They may use water to wash away any leftover pulp or a special solution to destroy bacteria and lessen the risk of more infection.
The next step involves filling the inside of your tooth with a rubber-like material. Lastly, your dentist seals the opening in your tooth shut with a temporary filling.
Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful. The pain you experience is from the infection inside your tooth that makes root canal treatment necessary. The procedure is done to relieve your pain and is essentially painless. The local anesthetic your dentist uses during root canal treatment numbs the affected area.
The most important part of your post-root canal recovery is practicing good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing regularly help take care of your teeth and gums and keep your recently treated tooth strong and healthy.
After root canal treatment, you need to schedule a follow-up visit at IDTC Dental Center LLC to ensure that the infection is completely gone. During your regular ongoing visits, exams, and cleanings, your dentist will continue to monitor your treated tooth.
You may also need to be fitted with a crown at a follow-up appointment to protect the affected tooth. With care and attention, a tooth treated with a root canal can remain healthy and strong for your entire life.
If you need root canal treatment, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment at IDTC Dental Center LLC today.