Root Canal Therapy
Patients who are dealing with a painful toothache or other concern regarding a tooth may visit with an Arlington, Texas area dentist to find out the source of the problem. In some instances, these patients may be asked to consider root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy is a phrase that makes many patients cringe. Many believe that this procedure is extremely painful. However, this is not the case. With proper anesthetics and sedation, if necessary, patients can expect a painless procedure. This procedure is done to eliminate pain and discomfort patients are experiencing.
There are many reasons root canal therapy may be performed. Typically, the procedure is done to address:
- Large areas of decay reaching the dental pulp
- Infection of the dental pulp
- An abscess
- Trauma that affects the dental pulp
Root canal therapy is more desirable than extraction of a natural tooth. Removing a natural tooth requires patients to go through the process of restoring their smile with restorations such as dentures, dental implants, or dental bridges. Instead, root canal therapy can help save a tooth. It can allow patients to keep the structure of the tooth in place while addressing the issue at hand.
The entire procedure is done during one appointment, and depending on the tooth structure, the dentist may also recommend the placement of a dental crown over the top. This is because the removal of the dental pulp inside the tooth will deaden it and can result in a brittle structure. The dental crown is made using impressions of the natural teeth after preparation, which requires the removal of tooth enamel. These molds are sent to a ceramist for the fabrication of the dental crown. The laboratory creates the crown and sends it to the dental office. It is bonded over the top of the tooth to add structure and protection.
At Rush Creek Dentistry, we provide patients with solutions for their dental problems. Contact our practice today to book an appointment and learn more about root canal therapy and other restorative services to help maintain a healthy, beautiful, fully functioning smile!