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.
Call Us for Root Canal Treatment in Mesquite, TX
If you’re putting off getting a root canal, we urge you to contact our dental office right away. We want to relieve your pain and protect your smile, and the sooner you complete your root canal treatment, the better our chances are of saving your tooth. You can call our warm and welcoming Town East Dental staff today at (972) 270-2911 to schedule your root canal appointment in Mesquite, TX.
- What are root canals?
- How do I know if I need a root canal?
- What happens during a root canal?
- Should I be nervous about my root canal?
- How do I schedule my Mesquite, TX root canal?
What are root canals?
Root canal treatment refers to the process where dentists remove damage and decay from the interior portion of a tooth to stop an infection from spreading. Root canals are both very common and very preventable with good oral hygiene and regular trips to the dentist.
Each of your teeth has tooth roots that live below your gum line. These roots are how your teeth attach to your jaw bone and stay fixed in place. On the interior of your teeth, your tooth roots have little tunnels, or “canals.” These internal canals contain your tooth’s intricate and sensitive soft tissue, also known as “pulp.” Your soft tooth pulp is home to your tooth’s nerves and blood supply—and even though the area is tiny, it’s vital to the overall health of your tooth.
Sometimes, due to either poor dental hygiene, facial trauma, or both, a tooth can develop a cavity or decay. Over time, if this decay is left untreated, the disease will spread inside your tooth and infect the sensitive pulp. When the inside of your tooth becomes infected, the tooth will be painful, inflamed, or abscessed.
While this condition sounds scary, it’s quite simple to fix. Root canals exist to remove the dental infection from teeth and to save the remaining structure of a tooth. Despite their reputation for being complicated or painful, root canal treatments are really the unsung heroes of the dental world because of what they can do for teeth.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Your tooth is covered by 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 and Dr. George Clark typically recommend 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.
If our Mesquite, TX dentist discovers that you need a root canal, we will schedule you for treatment right away. If you haven’t been to the dentist recently but are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s best to call our dental office:
- Isolated pain in a specific tooth or area of your mouth
- Increased pain while chewing or biting down
- Tender or inflamed gums around a painful tooth
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Bumps along your gum line around an aching tooth
Immediate treatment is key to saving your damaged tooth. In addition to being incredibly painful, infected teeth also threaten your overall dental health. If you ignore your need for root canal treatment, you might eventually even lose your tooth.
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 canal treatments are not anybody’s favorite treatment, but the fact is that the procedure doesn’t just eliminate your pain, it saves your tooth from extraction.
If you suspect you need a root canal in Mesquite, TX, please call Dr. Loera today at (972) 270-2911, so we can schedule a time for you to see us ASAP.
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. We clear the infection away, and we pack the tooth with an artificial sealant to prevent the disease from re-entering the tooth. We will also place a temporary filling to protect the tooth, but in most cases, our dentists will recommend a dental crown in the future to strengthen the weakened tooth. This multi-step process of saving a tooth from infection is what we refer to as a “root canal.”
Should I be nervous about my root canal?
Our experienced dental team understands that people sometimes feel anxiety before their root canal treatment, but luckily, this anxiety is mostly unwarranted. Updated treatment techniques and advanced dental technology have made our procedures more efficient, which translates into less time in the dental chair for you. You don’t have to feel nervous about your root canal treatment!
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 their 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.
Our experienced dental team understands your concerns and will do everything we can to ensure that your procedure is efficient and stress-free. Root canals often feel very similar to regular dental fillings, and your root canal should instantly alleviate your pain and suffering.
How do I schedule my Mesquite, TX root canal?
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 in Mesquite, TX, please contact our dental office as soon as possible. If you are in pain, we will do our very best to see you the same day. Call Town East Dental Group today at (972) 270-2911.