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Root canals are infamous—and a significant source of fear for many patients who need them. Patients in Carrollton associate root canal treatment with pain, but the pain is experienced before your procedure, not after.
A root canal saves your natural tooth.
We know what it’s like: you wake up with a toothache, you sip your morning coffee, and feel a sudden pain in your tooth. You take a few Motrin, and you’ve dismissed the situation as “nothing major.” Later that evening, it’s time to shower and off to bed, but something isn’t right. That initial sensitivity or pain has grown. What started as a localized pain is spreading. Your mouth, the side of your face, and head are throbbing.
A trip to the dentist is a must. You know this. And you know that the next 24 hours are going to be brutal. At least, that’s what you think now.
At this point, your tooth is already infected and dying. It’s too late in the game to step up your brushing and to floss to make the pain go away or restore your tooth. There are only a few things you can do: get root canal therapy, get a dental implant, or live with the excruciating pain.
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Needing a root canal doesn’t have to be scary!
We know that it is, and we don’t want to minimize your concern. However, we want to assure you that it doesn’t need to be. Our dedicated endodontists make sure that you have the best experience possible.
What is a root canal?
From a 30,000 foot view, a root canal eliminates bacteria and infection from your tooth by removing the infected pulp, or soft tissue within the tooth. A root canal is a procedure that requires your endodontist at Endodontic Associates to clean out the infected part of your tooth.
Why do I need a root canal anyway?
You need a root canal because there is an infection deep in the soft tissue, or the pulp, of your tooth. The pain people associate with root canals isn’t the procedure itself, but the inflamed and infected pulp and nerve within the tooth. By removing the infected tissue, we’re taking away the source of your pain and allowing the tooth, gum, and mouth to heal.
What happens during root canal treatment?
The first step in every endodontic treatment is taking an X-ray. An X-ray allows us to see the shape of your root canals and evaluate the surrounding tissue and bone for signs of infection. If treatment is the best course of action, we numb the tooth area and place a rubber dam around the infected tooth.
Following the placement of the rubber dam, your dentist will drill an access hole. Because the nerve is already dead, you’ll only feel a small amount of pressure on the tooth. Your endodontist will then remove the pulp, nerve, and any other debris from the tooth. Using root canal files, your endodontist scrubs and cleans your tooth while water is flushing away any remaining infected tissue and bacteria.
A root canal is a good thing!
How many times have you successfully chewed your food or comforted a friend? You have your teeth to thank for this. Your ability to eat, chew, and speak is directly related to your teeth and the quality of your bite. Because root canal treatment saves your natural tooth, you’ll be able to preserve these things that we often take for granted.
If your dentist has told you that you need a root canal, you can rest assured knowing that we can save your natural tooth, and this is an excellent thing. Nothing is as good as your natural teeth.
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Root canals don’t have a good reputation, but the pain associated with them what root canals treat, not cause. Daily brushing and flossing and regular visits to your dentist can help prevent the need for a root canal. Saving your natural tooth should always be your first choice. Endodontists specialize in keeping teeth and treating pain.
Our experts at Endodontic Associates, a trusted Carrollton root canal practice, have the experience and skill to treat your root canal pain and get you back to living your life on your terms. When you visit us, you can be confident knowing you are in the best hands.
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“Even though going to the dentist is not my favorite thing to do, everyone at EA of Carrollton made me feel comfortable from start to finish”
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“I saw Dr Hale for my root canal. Everyone in the office was great from the time I walked in the door to the time I walked out. Great experience.”
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“Great service from beginning to end. No one likes to have dental surgery but if you need it this is the place to go. They made my root canal go as smoothly and painless as possible.”
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“Doctor Kohout and his assistant Leigh Ann were awesome. The Doctor gave me his honest opinion. They did awesome work.”
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“Y'all I cannot express how nervous I felt before getting my first root canal. I was shaking the entire time but Dr. Robert Hale made me feel so comfortable during the process.”