Root Canal Therapy in Dallas
If you know or suspect that you have an infected tooth (also called an abscessed tooth), an endodontic procedure (also called a root canal) can take care of the infection and restore your tooth to a healthy, functional condition. Endodontic procedures have a more than 90% success rate, and can eliminate pain, prevent secondary infections, and give your tooth ten years or more of additional good function. Their results really are miraculous.
To learn whether you need a root canal, or if you are looking for a qualified dentist to perform your root canal, please call (817) 481-6888 or email Grapevine Dental Care in Grapevine today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Becky Coats.
Do You Need A Root Canal? Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
Endodontic treatment is used to treat an infected (or abscessed) tooth. An abscessed tooth is when bacteria in your mouth have penetrated through the enamel and dentin of your teeth to attack the tooth pulp inside. They may also use the tooth pulp as a gateway to infecting other parts of your body, from your jawbone to your sinuses and even sometimes your brain (a life-threatening complication).
If you are unsure whether you need an endodontic treatment, you should look for these symptoms of an abscessed tooth:
- Severe or persistent pain in your tooth
- Heat, cold, or pressure sensitivity in your tooth that causes lasting pain
- Repeated or very bad sinus infections
- Pustules (like pimples) on your gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Swollen lymph glands and other signs of infection (fever, general illness, etc.)
It’s important to note that the amount of pain people experience with an abscessed tooth is highly variable. Some people feel a lot of pain, others not much at all.
Understanding the Endodontic Procedure
In an endodontic procedure, the goal is to remove infected tooth pulp. We will remove any decayed enamel from the outside of your teeth and drill into the tooth well enough that we can access and remove the pulp from the entire tooth, including all the canals that run through the roots to connect the pulp to its blood supply.
Once your tooth material has been removed, it will be replaced with inert material. Then the tooth will be covered with a dental crown. The result is a tooth that can’t cause you any more pain, but is fully functional and can last for a decade or more.
Although people often fear a root canal procedure, modern technology makes it relatively painless, and typically less than the pain most people are suffering due to their infected tooth.
Benefits of CBCT for Endodontics
It used to be that dentists didn’t really know what to expect inside your tooth until they got inside. Although they had x-rays, the flat image left a lot of detail unrevealed. As a result, many times dentists would open up a tooth, then find they couldn’t finish the job and send the patient to a specialist in mid-procedure. Another problem was that dentists would think they had finished the job, but had missed a root. This allowed the still-infected root to continue causing trouble, and often led to the loss of the tooth.
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) allows our office to get three-dimensional and highly detailed images of the infected tooth before we begin work. That means there will be no surprises, and you will get the best results from your endodontic procedure.