Root Canal Therapy – Frisco, TX

Alleviate Toothaches and Save Your Smile!

When you have a toothache, it can feel impossible to accomplish any other tasks on your to-do list. Going to work can feel like a nightmare and once you get home, you simply cannot relax! If you’re suffering from tooth pain or notice other symptoms (i.e. swelling, fever or gray discoloration of your tooth) then don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Dana Jones and Dr. Josephine Franzese to schedule an appointment! They can take away your pain and save your tooth via root canal therapy!

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

A dental patient smiling and giving a thumbs-up.If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it could be caused by decay reaching the inner area of your tooth where vulnerable pulp and nerve tissue sits. However, those who have an infection inside their root canal need therapy to break it down and remove it. The nerve is responsible for alerting you when something inside your tooth is wrong, which is why the most common symptoms of needing a root canal include pain, pressure or sensitivity to extreme temperatures. Without treatment, you run the risk of the infection spreading to other areas of your mouth and even your brain, so you don’t want to put off treatment if there’s an oral infection present.

What is the Root Canal Process Like?

A woman covering her mouth in pain and listening to a dentist.After performing X-rays and confirming that an infection is present, we’ll prepare your tooth for therapy by administering a local anesthetic. Then, we’ll create a small access hole in the top portion of your crown in order to reach the pulp. Next, we’ll begin clearing away infected tissue and shape the root canal. This is followed by irrigation to clear away any residual infected tissue and make room for gutta percha placement. Gutta percha is a rubber-like material designed to replace lost tissue and reduce the risk of future infections. Finally, a temporary crown seals your tooth while a permanent crown is made and placed at a later date, typically in about two weeks.

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

A young patient receiving a dental treatment.Thanks to the local anesthetic administered by the dentist, patients should feel no more discomfort during their treatment than what they would feel during a dental filling placement. The myth that root canals cause pain derives from the pain felt beforehand when the infection is present and afterwards when the surgery is complete. However, mild soreness is typical for just about any oral surgery, not exclusively root canal therapy.

Recovering from a Root Canal in Ridgefield

A dentist examining an X-ray on a computer.You’ll need to make sure you follow necessary aftercare steps as prescribed by our dentists to ensure a speedy recovery. Over the next 24 hours, these steps should include:

  • Getting plenty of rest over the next 24 hours
  • Taking over-the-counter painkillers to mitigate any discomfort
  • Avoiding the use straws to prevent accidentally dislodging the temporary crown

As you wait for your permanent tooth to be created, you’ll need to practice daily oral care as normal and minimize chewing on the affected tooth.

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