Making your smile pain-free: A Root Canal Journey

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Root canals at Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Las Colinas in Irving, Texas is a procedure done every day, without any pain, relieving discomfort. The procedure is completed by dental professionals who believe in staying up to date with all the latest technologies and procedures. The staff continuously participates in endodontic education via courses, conferences, and also reading all the latest literature. We follow all rules and regulations as per the American Dental Association (ADA) and the United States laws.

The root canal procedure is performed to repair a part of your tooth to save the natural tooth for efficient chewing, ease in biting force, sensation, and to protect your tooth from excessive use and stains. With the use of modern endodontic treatment, the root canal procedure can be completed in as little as one or two treatments. Beneath the white enamel and the dentin, there is a soft tissue known as the pulp containing blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The pulp helps grow the tooth and most adult teeth can grow without the pulp.

A root canal is indicated and performed when the pulp becomes infected and inflamed, causing a lot of pain and discomfort. There are numerous causes for the inflammation, such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, a crack or chip in the tooth, or sometimes trauma to a tooth can lead to pulp damage. When and if the tooth is left untreated due to any cause, it can lead to further debilitating pain or an abscess leading to loss of the tooth or supplementary spread of the infection. An abscess can lead to swelling of the jaw, cheek, or even the throat, potentially life-threatening if the airways are blocked.

Hence, a root canal removes the infected pulp and all that is inside the tooth and disinfects the tooth. Once the tooth has been cleaned and sterilized, it is filled and sealed with gutta-percha. When this part is complete the tooth is restored further with a crown or filling for additional protection. Before your initial consult with your dentist, there will be certain signs and symptoms you may experience. One of the main symptoms many people complain of is pain, a toothache. If the tooth is still alive and not completely rotted due to infection, you will feel sensitivity to foods and liquids. Heat sensitivity, specifically, is very specific to the need for a root canal.

After the initial discomfort that may follow the procedure, the tooth continues to function like all other teeth. Goals of the root canal are to restore your natural smile while you continue to eat all your favorite foods. Even after the root canal has been completed let your dentist know if you are feeling any discomfort, continuing pain, or a headache. When you have one root canal it can put you at risk for another one, so make sure to ask your orthodontist for proper continued care of your teeth to avoid accompanying complications.

For your dental needs in the Irving, Texas area, contact Cosmetic and Family Dentistry of Las Colinas today to discuss your dental health and we will make it our priority to offer you and your loved ones the perfect dental plan.