Few procedures seem to make a patient nervous like a root canal. Unfortunately, this is often due to inaccurate jokes or stories, as the procedure is actually comfortable and comparable to receiving a simple dental filling. Do you have questions about root canal therapy?
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
Question: How do I know if my tooth is infected?
Answer: An infection arises when tooth decay remains untreated, allowing a cavity to grow and reach the pulp at the tooth’s center. Poor oral hygiene or a damaged tooth can lead to the tooth becoming infected. Patients will often experience severe aches, especially when biting down or chewing. Swelling near a tooth is common, as well as fever and a discharge from the tooth itself. Don’t ignore persistent pain or other signs, see us for a diagnosis right away.
Question: What happens if I ignore the problem?
Answer: Without treatment, the infection eventually kills the inner pulp. Once your tooth’s nerve center dies, the tooth itself follows. The infection is then free to reach surrounding teeth or move into the jawbone, leading to greater discomfort and a great risk of tooth loss.
Question: Will my root canal be comfortable?
Answer: Yes! We will administer a local anesthetic to help ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. If you think you may have an infected tooth, but feel anxiety about treatment, then please give us a call. We can talk to you about your treatment options and what steps we can take to help you feel comfortable.
Question: Will my tooth look natural following treatment?
Answer: Yes! After we remove the infected tissue and clean the inside of the tooth, we fill the interior of the tooth with a special filling material. Finally, we then cap the tooth with a custom-made dental crown. The restoration will be designed to look natural and blend with your smile, while also protecting the tooth itself against further decay or infection. If you have any questions about the root canal procedure, then contact our team today.
Do You Have an Infected Tooth?
We can repair an infected or abscessed tooth and preserve your smile. To learn more, schedule an appointment, call Gentle Smiles in Dallas, TX, today at 972-329-7645 (972-329-SMILE).