Do I Need a Root Canal?
By TruCare Dental
February 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Persistent dental pain, whether sharp, dull, severe or mild, is never normal. In fact, it usually indicates decay, infection or inflammation from root canalinjury. So don't ignore it, and don't fear it. Your dentists in Garland, TX, Dr. T. Truc Le and Dr. Alissa Nguyen, offer root canal therapy to heal deeply damaged teeth and alleviate pain. At TruCare Dental, expect gentle, precise restorative services which preserve your teeth and get you feeling better fast.

What is a root canal in Garland?

Actually, it's part of every tooth, and in fact, everyone has up to four of them in a single tooth. A root canal extends down each root to the very tip, and it holds soft, innervated and vascularized pulp. If damaged or infected, this pulp can become inflamed, resulting in the throbbing pain characteristic of so many toothaches.

When your dentist tells a patient he or she needs root canal, she really means that person needs root canal therapy. Also called endodontic therapy, this restorative treatment removes the interior contents of each root canal, disinfects it, seals it (with inert gutta-percha) and crowns it with a porcelain filling or custom-made cap.

Is the treatment difficult?

Dr. Le and Dr. Nguyen perform painless root canal therapy. It's true. Contrary to what you may have heard about endodontics, root canal therapy is as comfortable as getting a simple filling. The dentist numbs the area surrounding the tooth and removes the diseased pulp with a series of tiny metal files. After the tooth is sealed and protected with a temporary cap, the patient goes home to heal, needing no more than over the counter analgesics and a soft diet for a day or so.

When he or she returns to TruCare Dental, the dentist removes the temporary crown and places the permanent restoration. Statistics from the American Association of Endodontists show that teeth treated with root canal therapy last as long as other natural teeth.

How do you care for your restored tooth?

The American Dental Association preaches a simple oral hygiene rule: brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and floss between and around them once a day. Also, see your dentist at TruCare Dental semi-annually for hygienic cleanings and examinations. That's it. Your restored tooth will look, feel and act just like your other teeth, and wasn't it worth saving? Of course, it was. As your dentist will tell you, there's nothing that looks or acts like a real tooth.

If you think you need a root canal...

Find out for sure. Contact TruCare Dental in Garland, TX at the first sign of dental discomfort. You just may need a root canal. Call the friendly office team for an appointment: (972) 864-0000. We even have Saturday appointments for your convenience.