If you are suffering from a toothache, especially one that worsens in response to pressure or cold temperatures, you may have a dental infection. Typically, Dr. David Bishop, Dr. Robert Kim, or Dr. Kris Koelker will treat this condition with a root canal. At our Allen, TX, practice, we use gentle techniques, eliminating the discomfort often associated with root canal therapy. If you are feeling anxious, our sedation dentistry can help put you at ease. We complete each root canal with restorations made from modern, high-quality materials.
Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
A dental infection occurs when oral bacteria and acid erode the outer layers of dental tissue, eventually reaching the soft pulp in the center of your tooth. From there, bacteria and infection can spread to your nerves, eventually affecting the jawbone and other tissue.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of infection, a root canal may be right for you:
- A toothache, especially if it grows worse in response to pressure, heat, or cold.
- Throbbing pain that radiates across your jaw and into your ears
- Gum abscesses
- Halitosis, or chronic bad breath
- Internal staining of a single tooth
Occasionally, our team may recommend root canal therapy to repair a cracked tooth. To qualify for treatment, the crack must not extend all the way to your roots.
By eliminating infection in one tooth, your dentist can prevent the infection from affecting your other teeth, gums, or jawbone.
The Root Canal Procedure
Our team is committed to your comfort and peace of mind. Therefore, your dentist will fully numb your tooth and surrounding gums prior to root canal therapy. With these medications, you will feel virtually nothing during treatment. If desired, we can provide additional sedation to help you relax. We offer several sedation options and will help you select the right type for your needs.
When you are ready to begin treatment, your dentist will clean out the inside of your tooth. Using gentle, conservative techniques, he will remove the tissue from the central chamber, as well as from your root canals. He will disinfect the pulp chamber before filling it with gutta percha, a soft rubber compound that will seal the inner chamber.
Placing Your Restoration
To strengthen and restore your tooth, your dentist will need to place a crown. He will reshape the outside of your tooth so that the new restoration can fit on top. At the end of your first appointment, he will place a temporary crown. This will allow you to enjoy complete dental function as you wait for your final restoration to be finished. Your crown can be made from one of several materials. Options include porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) and all-porcelain. Your dentist and the lab will make sure that the crown matches the color of your teeth. They can also ensure a precise fit that maintains your natural bite force and alignment.
Once the crown is finished, you will return for your second appointment. At that time, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and attach the permanent restoration.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
A root canal can have tremendous benefits, both for your oral function and overall physical wellness. A root canal allows your dentist to eliminate the pain of a toothache. In some cases, you may experience some slight sensitivity after your procedure. The primary sensation, however, will be one of relief. Along with reduced discomfort, you will enjoy improved oral function. You will be able to bite and chew normally, enjoying a full range of foods. Root canal therapy can also reduce your risk of future dental problems. By eliminating infection in one tooth, your dentist can prevent infection of your other teeth, gums, and jawbone. A root canal can also improve the aesthetics of your smile. Your crown will conceal internal discoloration and other visible imperfections.
Contact The Dentist of Allen Today
Learn more about root canal therapy and our innovative, comfortable treatment methods. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.