Root Canal – Plano, TX
Save Your Smile with Root Canal Therapy
If a toothache is keeping you up at night, Parkway Vista Dental can give you the relief you need. Although many people think a toothache is common from time to time, it’s never a good sign. In fact, it often indicates an infection. Don’t worry. We can save your tooth with a root canal. Despite their bad reputation for being painful, our modern dental office uses the latest advancements in dentistry, so it isn’t any worse than a traditional dental filling.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Your teeth are comprised of 3 layers. The hard layer you see is the enamel, which protects the underlying dentin. The dentin contains millions of tiny tubes connecting to the nerve center of your tooth, called the pulp.
Every day, your teeth are exposed to acids that slowly eat away at your enamel. Over time, a small hole may form, known as a cavity. At this point, the decay can be easily treated using a filling. Unfortunately, many people don’t get the care they need. As a result, the decay extends further into the tooth until it eventually reaches the dentin. Now, a filling is no longer enough. You’ll need a root canal to save your tooth from extraction.
There are several signs that can indicate you need a root canal, such as:
- Darkening of your tooth.
- Lingering tooth sensitivity.
- Pain when putting pressure on a tooth.
- Pimple-like bump appearing on the gum near the tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is an endodontic treatment used to extract the pulp. It’s one of the most common restorative dentistry treatments; however, your dentist in Plano only recommends it when there aren’t any other options to save your tooth.
Generally, you can expect your procedure to take 2 appointments. During your first visit, a local anesthetic is used to ensure your comfort as Dr. Kamali removes any areas of decay and extracts the pulp. Your tooth is sterilized before it’s sealed with gutta-percha. This reinforces its structure while also sealing out bacteria.
Now that the health of your tooth is restored, Dr. Kamali focuses on its appearance and function, which will require a dental crown. Our office uses all-ceramic restorations, so you can rest assured your crown will look natural.
Dr. Kamali takes an impression of your mouth to ensure the crown meets your exact needs. It can take the dental lab a couple of weeks to fabricate it to match your specifications. While you wait, a temporary crown is bonded to your tooth. After your final restoration is sent back to our office, you return for your second appointment to have it bonded to your tooth.
It’s normal for your tooth to be a bit tender for a couple of days after your root canal, but you can manage your discomfort using an over-the-counter pain reliever. It’s also best to avoid chewing with your tooth until after you’ve received your permanent crown.
Your crown can last for over a decade if you practice the right oral hygiene habits at home and visit your dentist regularly.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Don’t ignore your toothache. We can stop your pain and save your tooth with a root canal. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.