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Root Canal Treatment – Garland, TX

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When the inner portion of a tooth becomes damaged from infection or decay, root canal treatment is often used as a way of saving the tooth from extraction. A root canal procedure involves accessing the inner area of a tooth and removing any infected living material that is present. To restore the tooth’s structure, its damaged inner pulp will be replaced with medicated fillings. With this process, a tooth will be able to retain its original structure, while also having its function and appearance recovered.

A root canal infection occurs when a tooth’s inner pulp becomes damaged from decay or when the inside of a tooth or its root tip develops a bacterial infection. There are many symptoms of a root canal infection, including:

  • Severe toothache
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Swollen and tender gums
  • Abscess on the gums

The first step when conducting root canal treatment is to treat the tooth and the immediate area that surrounds it with a local anesthetic. Once the tooth is numb, a rubber sheet is placed around the tooth as a way of preventing the infection from spreading. This also helps to keep the tooth dry as the procedure takes place. After everything has been set up, the dentist will access the inner part of the tooth and remove any infected pulp, damaged nerve tissue and noticeable decay.

The tooth will then be thoroughly cleaned and sealed off using a dental filling. In order to prevent fractures from occurring, a temporary crown will be applied over the surface of the tooth. The patient will be asked to return at a future time for a follow-up visit so that a permanent restoration can be applied.

If you would like to receive more information about root canal treatment, please call us at (469) 277-2627 to schedule an appointment.

Root Canal FAQs

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During your routine checkup, the last thing you want to hear our team say is that you need a root canal in Garland. Because of its reputation, we understand that you may have a lot of questions about the treatment. At Orbit Dental, we want you to be as well-informed as possible, which is why we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions below. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, feel free to contact our office and schedule an appointment for further discussion.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Root Canal?

Most people can expect to return to their usual routine the day following their root canal in Garland. Of course, the exact amount of recovery time that’s needed is different for everyone. If your job involves physical labor, you’ll need to take at least two to three days off to heal. Strenuous activity can delay the healing process by diverting blood from the site. While you recover, make sure you take your pain medications as directed and diligently follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions. If your discomfort worsens after about three days, call our office right away for assistance.

Can I Eat Before a Root Canal?

It depends! If you’re receiving dental sedation for your root canal, you’ll likely be asked to fast for a few hours beforehand to lower the risk of nausea. For every other patient, it’s strongly recommended that you eat a healthy meal before the procedure since it’ll be difficult to do so after the treatment. Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours before your procedure because it can negatively interact with the local anesthetic used to numb your mouth.

What Happens If You Wait Too Long for a Root Canal?

Since teeth cannot heal by themselves, a dental infection will only worsen without treatment. For that reason, you should schedule a root canal shortly after your dentist has informed you that need one. If your pain has gone away, you may think that you don’t need one anymore. However, that usually means the infection has destroyed the tooth’s nerves, meaning they’re unable to register pain. Waiting too long to get a root canal could cause the infection to spread to your jaw, gums, or even the rest of your body. Your tooth may eventually become damaged to the point where extraction is the best option.                  

Are Root Canals Safe During Pregnancy?

Yes! According to the American Dental Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, root canals can be performed safely during pregnancy. Modern techniques minimize the risk of harm to a developing fetus, and local anesthetics should also pose no risk to the baby. The ideal time to schedule your root canal would be during the second trimester. After your treatment, your dentist will explain your medication options and recommend the safest one for you and your little one.