Root Canal Treatment
Comfortable & Effective Treatment
Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment that involves removing inflamed or infected pulp from the inside of a tooth. This treatment alleviates pain, saves your natural tooth, and protects your oral health from the infection. Millions of patients undergo a root canal procedure each year.
The root canal specialists at Full Smile Dental make this endodontic procedure easy and comfortable. We offer many anesthesia and sedation options and will walk you through the process step by step. If you have been told you need root canal treatment or suspect pulp inflammation in one of your teeth, contact us for root canal treatment in Dumas, Canyon, Amarillo, Farwell, and Dalhart, TX.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Inside each tooth there is dental pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. The pulp helps a tooth grow but once fully developed, a tooth can survive without it because it is nourished by surrounding tissues. If bacteria infiltrates the enamel and dentin, the outer layers of the tooth, the pulp can become infected. This can also occur as a result of dental trauma or an injury to the tooth with no visible cracks. If inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can be painful and lead to an abscess and other oral health complications.
The Root Canal Procedure
Having root canal treatment performed is a comfortable procedure that can be completed in one or two appointments. At Full Smile Dental, we want you to be as comfortable as possible throughout any type of dental procedure. Your dentist will walk you through the options for anesthesia so that you can remain at ease.
We will administer local anesthesia for most root canal procedures, which numbs the area. Your dentist will make an opening in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp. The infected pulp is cleaned away and the canals are shaped to be filled and sealed. Your dentist will place a temporary filling inside the tooth to prevent contamination.
After the procedure, you will return to your dentist to finish restoring the tooth with a filling or crown. This protects the tooth and ensures the success of your root canal therapy.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
Having infected dental pulp removed with root canal treatment improves your oral health and offers other benefits, including:
- Regain normal biting force
- Natural tooth appearance after treatment
- Protect other teeth from excessive strain
- More efficient chewing
- Prevent the infection from worsening
- Avoid needing the tooth extracted
Cost of Root Canal Treatment
The cost of having root canal treatment will vary depending on how many teeth need treatment, your choice of anesthesia or sedation, and the overall complexity of your procedure. Our team will go over these factors with you during the consultation and provide you with a cost estimate for your dental care.
Root Canal Treatment in Dumas, Canyon, Amarillo, Farwell, and Dalhart, TX
Full Smile Dental provides exceptional dental and oral surgery care to patients of all ages. Our team of general and cosmetic dentists, pediatric dentists, and oral surgeons are committed to going beyond the standard of care for every patient. Each of our offices are equipped with advanced technology and accept many forms of payment and financing to make your oral health treatment more affordable. Our team makes every effort to save your natural teeth and make the root canal treatment process as comfortable as possible. Contact our offices if you have infected dental pulp, pain, or to learn more about root canal therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions: Root Canal Treatment
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Most patients experience little to no discomfort during root canal treatment. Local anesthesia numbs the area, blocking pain. We offer many other forms of anesthesia if you would like additional sedation or are concerned with discomfort.
How Long Does a Root Canal Last?
A tooth restored with a root canal filling can last for many years but can become decayed or fractured, like other teeth, if the surrounding soft tissues become infected. Attend regular dental checkups to ensure the health of your teeth, whether or not you have had root canal treatment.
Are You Awake During a Root Canal?
Most patients remain awake during the procedure while the surgical area is numbed with local anesthetic to prevent discomfort.
How Long Does a Root Canal Take?
A single root canal procedure can take between 30–60 minutes. This time may vary depending on the severity of the infection and the number of infected teeth.
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