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Root Canal Therapy: Purpose and Procedure

dentist Grand PrairieCracked or infected teeth aren’t just painful- they can lead to further, more serious complications. When tooth decay is threatening to spread an infection in a tooth, your dentist may suggest root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy involves the removal of the pulp from the center of the infected or damaged tooth. The tooth is then filled with an inert material and capped with a crown. The removal of the infected pulp can save the tooth and prevent the spread of infection to other teeth or the jawbone.

The root canal procedure begins with the application of a topical anesthetic and a local anesthetic. The patient may also be given addition anesthetic (such as nitrous oxide) if needed.

Depending on the particular situation of the infected tooth in the mouth, the practitioner may place a rubber sheet between it and the rest of the teeth. Once all the preparatory steps are taken, the dentist will remove the pulp and clean out the tooth with a selection of files.

Finally, the newly empty and decontaminated tooth is filled with any necessary medications and filling materials. The materials are often placed below the gum line, or sometimes into the surrounding jawbone.

A permanent filling or a crown is then placed on top of the tooth. In the case of a crown, a temporary crown may be used initially while the dental technician uses a tooth impression to make a permanent one. The cap or filling is very important- without it, the newly weakened tooth may crack or become re-infected.

After the procedure, you will likely experience some continued numbness in your face due to the anesthetic for a short time. You may experience some discomfort for a day or two in the procedure site. Your dentist may also prescribe a round of antibiotics to fight off any lingering infection.

If you are in need of root canal therapy in Grand Prairie, contact Active Dental at 972-606-2999 to schedule a consultation.

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