Root Canal Therapy

Tooth pain is never something you should ignore, especially if it comes on suddenly. In fact, it could be a sign of an infection deep within your tooth. At North Richland Hills Dentistry, our number one goal is always to keep your natural teeth healthy, so we provide gentle root canal therapy for patients with infected or damaged teeth. Dr. Desai can ease your pain and have you smiling again in no time!

Reasons You May Need a Root Canal

There are a few reasons you may need to consider root canal therapy to repair a tooth. The most common is an infection or decay deep within the tooth. Severe damage can also result in someone needing a root canal. The insides of teeth contain what is known as pulp, and if the pulp gets infected or decay reaches it, the best way to clean it out is with a root canal.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, call our office. We'll bring you in for an evaluation and X-rays to determine if a root canal is right for you.

  • Sudden onset of new pain
  • Pain, tenderness, or swelling in a localized area
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Lingering tooth or gum pain that may even wake you up at night
  • Sores (abscesses) on your gums

Root Canal Therapy FAQs

What is root canal treatment?

During a root canal, we clean out the damaged or infected tissue inside the tooth and its root canals. We also disinfect the inside of the tooth and then fill and seal it to keep out bacteria. Before we begin, we take X-rays of the tooth to get a good idea of where the problem is within the tooth. Once you're in the chair, we numb the immediate area to ensure that you don't feel much of anything during the procedure. After cleaning out the tooth, we recommend a crown be placed over it to provide it with extra strength and protection.

We know that people immediately think of pain when they think of root canals. But the pain from an infected or damaged tooth is much worse than anything you'll feel during the root canal procedure. In fact, because we numb the area so thoroughly, the only thing you should really feel is some pressure while we work. If you need additional sedation to help you feel more relaxed while we work, let us know.

What is the post-op care routine for a root canal?

Every patient is different so aftercare needs will vary on a case-by-case basis. After your root canal procedure is complete, we'll send you home with a detailed set of instructions to ensure that you have a smooth recovery. Once a root canal is complete, the numbness from the anesthetic will begin to wear off and you may feel some tenderness or discomfort when it does. The area takes a few days to heal, so we usually recommend using an over-the-counter pain medication to manage these temporary symptoms and keep you comfortable. As far as your oral hygiene regimen, you should be able to brush and floss your teeth like normal. However, we recommend that you don't put full pressure with your toothbrush on the affected tooth until it completely heals.

How can I prevent needing a root canal?

The best way to prevent needing a root canal down the line is to keep up with a good oral hygiene regimen. Brush twice a day for two minutes each and floss daily. We also recommend that you stay away from sugars and starches that can wreak havoc on your enamel. However, there are some instances, such as dental trauma, where a root canal may not be avoidable. If this is the case, don't fret. Our team of skilled dental professionals will do everything we can to make your root canal as quick and stress-free as possible!

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