in Prosper, TX!
Root canals can be intimidating procedures, but our team at 380 Smiles Dental is here to make your root canal experience as easy and stress-free as we can. You may need a root canal if you are experiencing tooth pain, sudden sensitivity, gum swelling, or a change in your tooth or gum color. The only way to be sure is to schedule an appointment with an experienced dentist like Dr. Patel. Call today!Contact Us
What happens during a root canal?
Root canals require the inside of the tooth to be accessed, so a small hole must be carefully created in the top of the tooth. Next, the dental pulp, or the infected tissue inside the tooth, is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned. Then, the tooth is sealed, and a restoration, usually a dental crown, is placed over the tooth to protect it. A follow-up visit will be scheduled so our team can remove the temporary crown and examine the tooth to make sure it looks good before placing the permanent dental crown.
Are root canals painful?
Root canals have a bad reputation because they used to be painful treatments. Thanks to advancements in technology and sedation, however, root canals are now nothing to be scared of. In fact, root canals are not very different from dental fillings from the patient’s perspective! Every patient who undergoes a root canal treatment will have a local anesthetic injected into their gums to completely numb their mouth. If you are apprehensive about your treatment, our office provides nitrous oxide sedation, which can help your experience feel more relaxed.
Are there any alternatives to root canals?
Once a tooth becomes infected, a root canal is usually the best choice to restore it. If one or more of your teeth have incurred excessive tooth decay or damage, it’s best to make an appointment with our office as soon as possible before an infection occurs. If a tooth infection goes untreated for too long, it can begin to spread to other parts of the mouth and body, which can cause serious consequences. It can also lead to the tooth needing to be extracted instead of being restored through an efficient and less invasive root canal treatment.Contact Us