If you need a root canal in the DFW area — and you’re nervous or frightened about the procedure — let us put your mind at ease.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment that can save an infected tooth. It’s a great alternative to losing a tooth and it does not have to be either painful or traumatic. In fact, a root canal will relieve pain from a cracked or abscessed tooth!
Dr. Debra Seznik performs gentle root canals for DFW dental patients, using appropriate sedation and anesthesia so that the patient feels no pain during the procedure. Any discomfort following your root canal is handled with appropriate medication. Really, there is nothing to fear. Our DFW dental office is dedicated to our patients’ comfort and relaxation.
What Is A Root Canal?
Root canals are a sort of miraculous procedure where damaged pulp is removed from the root through a small opening in the crown of the tooth, the infection is cleaned out, the canal is filled, and the tooth is then tightly sealed. Depending on the severity of your infection, a permanent filling is done at the initial root canal appointment or at your follow-up appointment. Often antibiotics are prescribed to help manage the infection. Root canals are the only way to save a tooth with severely infected roots and pulp (nerve tissue).
Why Are Root Canals Necessary?
When a tooth is cracked, has sustained a blow or injury, or has a large cavity, bacteria can invade the pulp deep in the tooth and cause an infection. Untreated, pus can build up in the root tip, forming a “pus-pocket” called an abscess, which can cause significant pain and swelling. If the infected pulp is not removed, the infection can spread into your jawbone, causing even more serious problems. Left untreated, infection will spread, the infected pulp will die, and you will have to have your tooth extracted (pulled).
However, a root canal can usually save an infected tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure
If you need a root canal in the DFW area, you can’t do better than the gentle, caring, DFW dentist office of Dr. Debra Seznik. We will talk with you about the procedure, tell you exactly what to expect, discuss cost and other options upfront, use sedation dentistry to ease your fears if appropriate, and give you the most personalized dental care you can find. Our whole DFW dentist office is dedicated to state of the art dental care with the patients’ comfort and relaxation as a top priority.
In general, a root canal involves removing the diseased tooth pulp, and cleaning out and medicating the canal. When the infection is eliminated, the inside of the tooth (the chambers and canals) is filled and then sealed. Back teeth that have had root canal treatment are often covered with a crown to strengthen what is left of the tooth. A tooth that has had root canal treatment can usually be restored to last as long as any other tooth.
With modern dentistry, most root canal treatments can be performed with no discomfort. Many people are concerned about the cost of root canals in the DFW area, but the cost of a root canal and tooth restoration (crown or cap) is usually less than the cost of removing a tooth and replacing it with an artificial tooth (bridge or implant).
Please call us today to learn more about our DFW root canal services. We will be happy to openly discuss root canals and their costs with you, and answer any questions you may have.