3 Things You Should Know about Root Canals Discussed by the Dallas, TX Dentist

Written by Dr. Lin on May 30, 2017

Root canal therapy is generally no more complicated than most other dental procedures such as fillings or crowns. Unfortunately, though, the procedure has developed a reputation for being uncomfortable and complicated.

If a root canal is recommended by the Dallas, TX dentist, don’t let misinformation about the procedure keep you from seeking a root canal. We offer gentle treatment from a caring team, and if you need a little help with relaxing, we also offer calming sedation options as well.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is used to remove infection or extensive decay from the interior of the tooth. The space inside the tooth where the pulp and main nerve are found is called the root canal.

If you already have infection in the root of your tooth, delaying a root canal can allow the infection to spread to your jawbone or nearby teeth. If the tooth continues to decay, there will not be enough hard tissue left for a successful root canal and the tooth will probably need to be removed.

How Does the Procedure Work?

The root canal procedure includes removal of the infected, decayed or damaged pulp, as well as the nerve of the tooth. The dentist then sterilizes and fills the tooth with medication to speed healing. A crown is placed over the tooth for protection and stability.

How Do Root Canals Help My Oral Health?

Root canal therapy allows the structure of the tooth to remain intact, even though the nerve has been removed. Although the tooth no longer contains nerve tissue it is still usable for chewing. Also, because the tooth is left intact, it maintains its proper position, helping to preserve proper spacing between remaining teeth and keeping your bite alignment correct.

Please Call Our Office to Learn More

If you suspect you need a root canal or have a question you don’t see here, please contact our your Dallas, TX dentist for additional information or if you have any questions about root canals and how they can help save a damaged tooth.