Root Canals in Frisco, TX
A root canal is one of the most common procedures in dentistry.
The center of each tooth is called the pulp, which is a small collection of blood vessels that help build the tooth. A tooth can suffer infection caused by trauma, deep decay, cracking, chipping, or even a dental procedure.
The symptoms of the infection can be easily observed by a dental professional. Your tooth will have visible swelling, often accompanied by pain in the tooth and gums and sensitivity to temperature.
If you are experiencing any of these described symptoms, our dentist will recommend non-surgical treatment to remove the pulp from the tooth. Once the injured pulp is extracted, your root canal can be cleaned and sealed. This procedure typically calls for local anesthesia and will likely be completed in one or two visits. This procedure carries about a 90% success rate.
We use local anesthesia to not only help with discomfort but also provide nitrous oxide analgesia if necessary. You will be able to safely drive yourself home following this procedure and within a few hours feel comfortable enough to return to a normal routine.
Some patients’ teeth are not amenable to this type of endodontic therapy. You will be informed of our evaluation at the time of your consultation.
5 Steps of a Root Canal Procedure at Redemption Dental Frisco
At Redemption Dental Frisco, your comfort and welfare are our highest priorities. When an infection in your root canal causes pain and possible tooth loss, root canal therapy relieves the pain and saves the tooth. Our root canal therapy is manageable with simple painkillers. The following is our procedure for root canal therapy:
Our dentist will begin by numbing the affected area with a local anesthetic to prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure.
Using a dental drill, our dentist will start by opening the top of your tooth to create access to the inner chamber and root canals, which house the infected tissue. The pulp of a tooth--consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissue--is removed. Then the inner walls of the root canals are shaped.
Our dentist Dr. Amy Sojourner-Critz will then flush out any debris from the root canals using a bleach solution, which helps eradicate bacteria and disinfects the inside of your tooth. Our dentist may also use additional cleaning or disinfecting agents.
Once the root canals and inner chamber are cleaned out, our dentist will fill the chambers with gutta-percha. This substance is a soft, rubbery material that effectively reseals the inside of your tooth.
When the inside of your tooth is filled, we perform a buildup to fill the hole that was created in the top of the tooth. Our dentist will then we cover your tooth with a crown restoration to restore your bite and appearance. The crown will seal out any bacteria and other contaminants from damaging your treated tooth, thus eliminating the risk of further infection.