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The Truth About Root Canal Treatment

June 12, 2017

 

Are you scared of having your first root canal treatment? Fortunately, there’s nothing to worry about.

Contrary to what others may tell you, a root canal treatment is not painful.

Advanced dental techniques and tools have made the procedure relatively painless and comfortable. It’s an ordinary dental procedure for repairing a decayed or infected tooth and relieving pain.


Root canal 101

Root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that treats the dental pulp.

Located in the center of a tooth, this pulp is actually a soft tissue comprising blood vessels and nerves. It safeguards the tooth against infection. Additionally, it transmits nutrients into the middle layer of the tooth (dentin), thereby leading to the development of healthy dentin.


Purpose of root canal procedure

When the dental pulp becomes damaged, inflamed or infected, root canal is the right treatment.

Several different factors, such as a tooth injury, decay or chipping, can contribute to pulp infection or damage. A root canal procedure can reduce the pain associated with a damaged or infected pulp.


What to expect

During the dental procedure, dentists remove the pulp and clean the tooth. Thereafter, they fill it with a filling or a crown.

As a result, it can preserve the beauty and functionality (normal biting, chewing, etc.) of the natural tooth.

​Here is what you can expect from a root canal treatment:

  1. The dentist will numb your gums, teeth and tongue using local anesthesia.

  2. The dentist will separate the infected or decayed tooth from the other teeth using a rubber sheet.

  3. The dentist will get rid of the affected pulp using a drill. Thereafter, they fill the inside of the tooth with temporary fillings, medicines and a root canal filling.

  4. The dentist will end the procedure with a permanent filling or crown.

 

Although the dental procedure itself isn’t painful, some people may feel some discomfort after surgery. They may feel numbness around their lips and gums for a few days or pain. Painkillers, such as ibuprofen are often prescribed to cope with post-surgery pain.

If you’re seeking a reliable dentist for root canal in Frisco, look no further than Waterfront Family Dentistry.

With up to 13 years of professional experience in root canals, our certified dentists offer comprehensive root canal treatment in a safe, comfortable setting. In addition, they will also provide you the necessary medication and tools to recover effectively and on time.

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