Root Canal Therapy – Arlington, TX
Fast Relief For Painful Teeth
Ouch! You woke up this morning, and suddenly that small toothache you’ve been ignoring all week has turned into a serious throbbing pain. While fillings are typically all that’s needed to stop minor dental pain, in severe cases, a root canal is often the best solution. Despite its dubious reputation, this procedure is actually virtually-painless when performed by Dr. Doctor, and it’s able to save even the most damaged teeth from extraction! Rather than sitting and suffering with your hurting tooth, give him a call today so he can start fixing it right away with root canal therapy in Arlington.
Why Choose Ravi Doctor, DDS for Root Canal Therapy?
- Multiple Types of Sedation Guarantee Comfort
- Trained By World-Renowned Endodontists (Root Canal Specialists)
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Patients in Pain
Why Someone Might Need a Root Canal
Root canals are used to address problems and relieve pain associated with the dental pulp. What is the dental pulp?
Your teeth are actually composed of three distinct layers. You likely already know about the enamel on the outside, and below that is a yellowish substance called dentin. At the center lies the dental pulp, which is soft tissue that consists of multiple blood vessels as well as the “nerve” of the tooth. It’s essential for allowing adequate blood flow into the tooth and enabling waste to go out.
Sometimes, this pulp can be exposed to bacteria either because a cavity has gone untreated for a very long time and has worked its way through the enamel and dentin, or physical trauma has cracked the tooth and left the pulp unprotected. In either case, the pulp can develop an infection, which causes a lot of swelling and pain to develop.
This can also lead to symptoms such as:
- Temperature sensitivity that lasts for 20-30 seconds
- Pain when biting down onto a certain tooth
- Redness and swelling in the gums near a tooth
- A pimple-like bump on the gums next to a tooth
If any of these sound familiar, be sure to give Dr. Doctor a call right away! Left alone, a dental infection can actually enter the bloodstream and cause all kinds of overall health issues (including death in the most extreme cases).
How a Root Canal Actually Works
If you come to see Dr. Doctor with a hurting tooth, he’ll start by giving you an exam to figure out what is causing the problem. If he determines that you need a root canal, the procedure will involve the following steps:
- He’ll start by numbing the tooth and the surrounding area with local anesthetic
- A small hole will be placed in the enamel to allow access to the pulp
- The diseased pulp will be removed
- The interior of the tooth will be cleaned, sanitized, and filled
- A temporary restoration will be placed on the tooth, and at a follow-up appointment, the tooth will be further rebuilt with a dental crown
For most patients, the entire procedure takes about 60-90 minutes, and many report feeling next to nothing while in the chair. Afterward, a little swelling or tenderness is normal, but this should go away after a few days. Thanks to Dr. Doctor, your treated tooth will be able to look and function normally for many years to come.
Root Canal Surgery, aka Apicoectomy
If an infection in the dental pulp is left alone, it can actually spread beyond the root of a tooth and into the nearby jawbone. To fix this type of problem, a procedure called an apicoectomy has to be performed. Dr. Doctor can do this himself, and it will involve making a small hole in the bone near the tooth, removing all of the infected tissue, sealing off the root of a tooth to prevent further infection, and then suturing the area closed.
Nothing to Fear Anymore
If one of your teeth is causing you pain, don’t wait to seek out the care you need. With a root canal, Dr. Doctor can fix your tooth in a single appointment so you have one less thing to worry about. To learn more and schedule an appointment, contact us today.