When Root Canal Therapy is Necessary
When tooth decay strikes, it progresses through your tooth’s main structure, or dentin, until the infection is stopped and the tooth is restored with a tooth filling. In more severe cases of decay, the infection may reach the nerves and blood vessels at the center of the tooth, in a chamber known as the pulp. A tooth’s pulp chamber is connected to its root canal, which travels under your gums and into your jawbone. When the pulp is infected, root canal therapy may be the only way to eliminate the internal tooth infection and stop it from spreading through the root canal.
What to Expect from Root Canal Therapy
Internal tooth decay can cause severe levels of discomfort, sometimes leading to fatigue, fever, and other symptoms of physical illness. Root canal therapy alleviates this discomfort while restoring the tooth’s strength, integrity, and ability to function.
- Before your procedure begins, your dentist will numb the tooth and the area around it by administering local anesthesia. If you’re anxious about the procedure, then we may also recommend an appropriate form of dental sedation.
- To perform root canal therapy, Patel will carefully access the interior of the tooth to clean the infected tissues from the pulp and root canal. Then, your dentist will reinforce the root canal by filling and sealing it with a safe, rubber-like material (gutta percha).
- After the root canal is sealed, your dentist will fill the tooth’s cavity with tooth-colored composite resin or ceramic to strengthen its structure. You might also receive a dental crown over the tooth for additional protection, and to restore the tooth’s healthy, attractive appearance.
Call Active Dental Today!
Dr. Kalpesh Patel and the talented staff at Active Dental believe when you live healthy, you smile healthy, and we make every patient feel as though they are family. We want you to look forward to visiting our office. In addition to the highly-personalized treatment we provide, our office is also packed with amenities (like Netflix during your treatment!) and is designed with a strong focus on patient comfort.To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, call Active Dental at 682-217-1850. We also proudly welcome patients who come from Coppell, Valley Ranch, Las Colinas, Irving, and all surrounding communities.12:37 pm