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There is one thing you need to know about root canals: They don't hurt. The myths of torturous pain and recurring toothaches are rooted in the primitive beginnings of dentistry. Today’s root canal procedures are comfortable and effective, especially when you visit Rush Creek Dentistry, the home of gentle dentistry in Arlington.
Of course, you would probably prefer not to have a root canal procedure, even if it is comfortable. The simple way to accomplish this is take care of your teeth! Severe decay is the number one cause of damage to the dental pulp (vessels, nerves, and other soft tissue) inside your tooth. Occasionally it is damaged by unavoidable circumstances such as trauma.
Whether the cause is injury or decay, once the pulp is damaged it will not heal. There are only two options for ending your toothaches, sensitivity, infections, and other symptoms – a root canal procedure or extraction.
A root canal procedure, also known as endodontic therapy, is very similar to filling a tooth. Before placing a filling, your dentist removes all damaged or decayed tooth material. When the damage has reached the middle of the tooth, it also needs to be removed.
You will be completely numbed before we begin, and sedation is available if you wish. Your dentist will gently clean all infection and damaged tissue from the inside of the tooth and roots. When this is done, a special filling material is placed, and the canal is sealed. In most cases, we will recommend a crown to protect your tooth that is now brittle after root canal therapy and prone to fracture. Also to ensure the long term success of the root canal the tooth should be fully covered with a crown and sealed from the bacteria in the oral cavity.
You may feel a bit of soreness when the anesthetic wears off, but is should be minimal and temporary. If there is a temporary crown on the tooth, you will need to be careful not to dislodge it. Avoid biting down hard or eating sticky foods such as caramel. When your permanent crown is ready, you will return to our office. The temporary will be removed, and your new crown will be bonded in place permanently. That's it – your tooth is as good as new again!
Don't suffer in pain – call Rush Creek Dentistry at (682) 323-3299 and schedule an appointment today.