In many cases, it’s obvious when a root canal is needed. Pain or pressure in a particular tooth is one of the most common symptoms of root canal infection; for some people, the pain can be excruciating.
At Town East Dental Group, our goal is to provide relief by removing the infection, which is the source of your pain. We know that root canals are not anybody’s favorite way to spend an afternoon, but the fact is that the procedure doesn’t just eliminate your pain, it saves your tooth from extraction.
Why We Recommend a Root Canal
The outer portion of your tooth is a hard, protective layer called enamel. The layer beneath is a softer material called dentin, and below the dentin are the root canals of your teeth that contain pulp – soft tissue that houses the nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive.
Dr. RJ Loera typically recommends a root canal (endodontic treatment) when the pulp inside the root canal is inflamed or infected. This can occur due to decay or injury to the tooth, and if we don’t treat it promptly, it causes pain and can lead to a dental abscess, and you may lose the tooth.
What Happens During a Root Canal
We perform root canal treatment to clear away the infected material from inside your tooth. The first thing we do is apply a topical anesthetic to numb the tooth so you don’t feel anything.
Next, we make a tiny hole in the back of your tooth so we can reach the infected area. The infection is cleared away, and we seal the tooth to prevent it from re-entering the tooth. A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth, but in most cases, our dentists will recommend a crown in the future to strengthen the weakened tooth.
Your Comfort Is Important to Us
Our experienced team understands that most people experience intense anxiety around the procedure, but this is mostly unwarranted. Updated techniques and advanced technology have made most procedures more efficient which translates into less time in the dental chair for you.
Even so, we are pleased to offer two forms of sedation for your comfort: nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Nitrous is a gas that you inhale and as you do, you will feel your body relaxing and your mind wandering away from the activity around you. Most patients who opt for nitrous oxide say they remember little to nothing about the procedure.
With oral sedation, our dentists will prescribe a calming medication for you to take before you leave home for your appointment. You will arrive at our office feeling mellow and relaxed, and the sensations will last for several hours. For this reason, you will need a designated driver to get you to and from our office safely.
Compassionate, Caring Treatment
Our experienced team understands your concerns and will do everything we can to ensure that your procedure is efficient and stress-free.
Root canals are an essential treatment that we perform to eliminate pain and save your tooth. If you think you might need a root canal, please contact Mesquite, TX dental office as soon as possible. If you are in pain, we will do our very best to see you the same day.