Most of the time, cavities only affect the outermost surface of a tooth called the enamel, but left untreated, it can eventually reach the sensitive nerve tissue located inside every tooth called the dental pulp. When this happens, severe dental pain is usually the result. If you’re dealing with this kind of toothache, our team can provide the care you need in the form of root canal treatment. With it, we can quickly stop the pain and save the tooth from extraction in the process. Ready to make your tooth stop throbbing? If so, give us a call today!
Most people know only one thing about root canal treatment: it’s extremely painful, right? Fortunately for our patients, this couldn’t be further from the truth!
In reality, the procedure causes little to no sensation thanks to local anesthesia and our team’s experienced hands. Often, it’s the pain caused by the dental infections that root canals help treat that is wrongly associated with the procedure itself. Here, our patients say that the treatment actually feels like just getting a small filling, which is to say not painful at all!
Patients often think that severe tooth pain is the only symptom of a severely decayed or damaged tooth. That’s not the case. In fact, if the infection progresses to the point where it “kills” the nerve, you may not feel any discomfort! That’s why it’s so important to get in touch with us when any abnormal dental symptoms arise, like pain when biting down, a pimple-like bump on your gums, or dark discoloration on one or more of your teeth. This will ensure that we can intervene with the necessary emergency dental care while we can still save your tooth.
The root canal treatment process starts with a local anesthetic (or sedation dentistry, if that’s a part of your treatment plan). Once your mouth is thoroughly numb and you’re ready to begin, one of our gentle Garland dentists will use special instruments to remove the pulp of your tooth. Then, they will carefully sanitize the area, fill it with a synthetic gutta-percha material, and place a temporary dental crown over top. The final step of the entire process will take place a few weeks later, which is when we will remove your temporary crown and put your permanent one in its place.
Hands down, one of the biggest benefits of root canal treatment is that this procedure can save your tooth, preventing you from having to get it extracted and replaced with a dental bridge or implant. Additionally, patients find that this procedure is so painless that it basically feels like having a standard filling done. Lastly, this tooth-saving treatment has an incredibly high success rate, allowing patients to enjoy the results for decades at a time.