The term “root canal” can be frightening to anyone, especially to children who may have an inherent fear of any kind of dental or medical facility. At Rio Dental & Orthodontics, however, there is nothing to fear as all our dental procedures are performed with our patient’s comfort foremost in our minds.
What exactly is a root canal?
Explained briefly, a dentist performs the endodontic procedure known as a root canal to save a badly damaged or decayed tooth. It’s called a root canal because the dentist must remove the diseased nerves and pulp found in the root of the tooth. The goal is to carefully get rid of as much of the decay as possible, and save the natural tooth.
Once completed, a dental crown is placed over the tooth, providing the patient once again with a normally functioning tooth.
If the procedure is not done in a timely manner, the situation can worsen. The tooth might be lost, and cause a patient to pursue dental implants instead of a crown.
FAQs about Root Canals
Will a root canal be painful?
As we said, our patient’s comfort is foremost in our minds, and at Rio Dental & Orthodontics, sedation is available if needed. Our endodontic specialists will ensure the patient feels very little, if indeed any, discomfort during the procedure.
What happens if the situation is ignored?
Ignoring the situation is never a good idea. The sooner a patient can pursue an endodontic treatment for the decay, the more likely this treatment will be able to save your natural teeth. In the case of a severely damaged or rotten tooth, where the situation is not going away nor addressed in a timely manner, a serious abscess and infection could develop. This could lead to loss of the tooth.
That’s why it’s important to pursue a root canal treatment as soon as possible. This treatment can save your tooth and prevent an infection or decay from spreading even further.
What happens after the root canal procedure?
With the damage restored or the infection removed, the patient should feel only very mild pain or soreness during the healing period. They should, however, avoid eating hard or chewy foods while the tooth heals. It’s also essential to maintain good dental hygiene.
How effective is the procedure?
Overall, this endodontic treatment is highly effective and has a 95% success rate among our patients. We also use state of the art equipment to save their damaged teeth.
Rio Dental & Orthodontics – Your Dallas Root Canal Dentist
If you’re uncertain about the need for a root canal for you or your child, we urge you to schedule an initial consultation appointment at Rio Dental and Orthodontics. We would love to sit down with you and take the time to explain this therapy to you.
Furthermore, we can show you the comfortable environment of our endodontic office, and answer any of your questions to ease any lingering doubts you may have about a root canal.
Prior to your appointment, you can go here for additional information on the root canal therapy performed at Rio Dental & Orthodontics.
We urge you not to hesitate. If you or your child is suffering from a seriously damaged or decayed tooth, schedule an appointment with Rio Dental & Orthodontics to set up your initial consultation.