Root Canal Therapy
Quality Dentures in Plano and Melissa Texas
Root canal therapy is a procedure used to treat a fractured or infected tooth to help save your tooth from extraction. The root canal procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth, cleaning, disinfecting, filling and sealing the tooth.
Root canals are recommended or needed when there is an infection deep within the tooth typically caused by a cracked tooth, deep cavity, repeated dental treatment or severe trauma. Without treatment, infection can become severe enough that the tooth has to be removed or infect the jaw bone. During root canal therapy, special tools are used to enter the affected tooth through its chewing surface. The pulp is removed, and once the canal is cleaned out and disinfected, it’s filled with a sterile, rubber-like material that seals the canal to prevent bacteria from re-entering the canal.
The tooth that had root canal therapy is no longer alive and can become brittle. A crown is usually placed over the remaining tooth to maintain its integrity. This tooth can function for a lifetime when cared for properly. Saving the tooth helps maintain healthy bone density. Dr. Haight can perform root canal therapy and place a temporary crown in a single office visit. When your permanent crown is ready, you will come back and Dr. Haight will place it.
Signs Indicating Root Canal Therapy is Needed
- Repeated infections
- Sharp and shooting pain
- Long-lasting throbbing pain that increases in severity
- Dull ache and pressure
- Severe pain when chewing or biting that lasts several minutes
- Long-lasting sensitivity or pain to hot or cold
- The tooth becomes dark or discolored
- Swelling and tenderness of the gum
- White bump on your gum, indicating an abscess (infection & pus)
Taking good care of your teeth and gums is a crucial after a root canal. You may need to schedule an additional visit with your dentist to X-ray the treated tooth and to make sure that all signs of infection are gone, in addition to the twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Haight today.
Haight Family Dentistry
Fred Haight, DDS
Root Canals in Plano and Melissa Texas
Dr. Haight, a root canal specialist, has years of experience performing root canal therapy. He works to alleviate discomfort, getting you out of pain and saving your tooth. Root canal therapy is a common procedure used to improve the health of an affected tooth. At Haight Family Dentistry, Fred Haight, DDS, and his team do their best to ensure each patient experiences a comfortable, efficient procedure. To find out if you need a root canal, book an appointment with Dr. Haight by phone or online today.