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Root Canal Therapy – Richardson, TX

Eliminate the Pain of an Infected Tooth

Pain, of course, can be a serious problem. Nevertheless, it is often an important warning. Pain is sometimes the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. When you have a toothache, that pain may be sending the message that there is an infected tooth. If so, then root canal therapy in Richardson may be necessary. This common dental procedure is often the only alternative to have the tooth extracted.

What Is A Root Canal?

illustration of infected tooth

Regardless of what you may have heard about a root canal, the procedure is not scary and it is not painful. In fact, root canal is performed to eliminate the pain of an infected tooth. And thanks of modern anesthesia, you will be able to rest comfortably while the dentist takes of your tooth.

After administering the local anesthetic, the dentist creates a small access hole, usually in the biting surface of the infected tooth. Special dental files are inserted through the hole in order to remove the infected contents of your tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Don’t worry—a tooth can function well without the living tissue that inhabits the chamber.

The area is disinfected and filled with an inert substance called gutta-percha, which prevents recontamination and helps to support the remaining tooth structure. Finally, the tooth is sealed and prepared to have an eventual porcelain crown that will protect the tooth and restore form and function.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Woman in pain

Root canal therapy, also called endodontic treatment, is needed when the soft tissue inside your tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals becomes infected. Infection may be the result of:

  • Deep tooth decay
  • A penetrating crack or break in the tooth
  • An injury to the tooth that damages the pulp
  • Repeated dental procedures on the tooth

If left untreated, the infection and ensuing inflammation may become extremely painful. An abscess may also develop, and the infection might spread.

Other symptoms of tooth infection include:

  • A tooth that is sensitive to hot and cold temperatures as well as the pressure of normal biting or chewing
  • Facial swelling near the tooth in question
  • A pimple-like sore on your gum tissue near the tooth
  • Fever

Recovering from a Root Canal

Smiling woman in dentist chair

You may be given an antibiotic to ensure the infection is eliminated. Be sure to take this medicine on schedule.

Some soreness is normal after root canal. However, if you are still experiencing severe pain, call our office immediately. Otherwise, ibuprofen or acetaminophen should be effective.

For a day after your root canal, avoid spitting and don’t use a straw. Your diet should consist of soft foods such as yogurt, scramble eggs, applesauce, mashed potatoes, cottage cheese and ice cream for the first couple of days. Avoid hard or crunchy foods, as well as hot beverages.