Although root canals have a bad reputation, we consistently hear from our patients that their procedure was much easier than they expected. In addition to using modern, effective numbing techniques and a gentle touch, Dr. David Nguyen also has the advanced training to offer three types of sedation, including IV sedation, so that even anxious patients can have the procedure done stress-free. If you have a toothache or think you may need root canal therapy in Richardson, give us a call today to schedule a visit. We’ll get you out of pain fast while saving your tooth from an extraction at the same time.
Each tooth is made of three layers: the hard outer layer of enamel, a middle layer of softer dentin, and an inner pulp that contains the nerve and blood supply. When a tooth has a large cavity that’s reached the pulp and nerve, a filling or dental crown aren’t viable treatment options because they only treat the outer layers. A root canal removes the infection from the inner pulp while preserving the rest of the tooth structure.
Here are some common symptoms you may notice if you need a root canal:
Dr. Nguyen can typically complete a root canal in just one appointment. First, he’ll fully numb the area and provide sedation (if requested). Then he’ll make a small hole in the surface of your tooth that allows him to access the inner pulp and remove the infected tissue. Then, after thoroughly cleaning out the root canals, he’ll fill them with a bio-compatible material called gutta percha. Finally, tooth-colored filling material will be used to cover the small opening that was made in your tooth.
In addition, Dr. Nguyen will likely recommend placing a dental crown on the tooth in the following weeks. After a root canal, a tooth’s blood supply is lost and it becomes brittle and susceptible to breaking. A crown will make the tooth much stronger and help prevent further problems.
We’ll discuss your post-operative care in detail during your visit, but here are some general tips to help your recovery process go smoothly: