Root Canal Treatment in Greenville, TX

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What is a Root Canal?

Endodontics (or Root Canals) is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected, it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated, an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.

What is the Process for Root Canals?

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant called gutta-percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.

Root canals have become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less “scary.” Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over-the-counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterward, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection, allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain, consult Dr. Graham-Wyatt today.

Root Canal Therapy FAQ

What should I expect after a root canal therapy procedure?

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After root canal therapy, it's normal to experience some tenderness or discomfort in the area for a few days, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. It's important to avoid chewing on the affected side until the final restoration is complete. Our dentist will provide specific aftercare instructions, and it's crucial to follow them for a smooth recovery.

How can I ensure the success of my root canal treatment?

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To ensure the success of your root canal treatment, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. Avoid biting on hard foods with the treated tooth until it's fully restored. Attend all follow-up appointments with our dentist to monitor the healing process and complete any necessary restorative work.

Will I need a crown after my root canal therapy?

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In many cases, a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy will need a crown to protect and restore it to full function. The crown provides strength and prevents the treated tooth from breaking. Our dentist will evaluate your tooth's condition and discuss the best restorative options with you.

Is root canal therapy always successful?

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While root canal therapy has a high success rate, no medical procedure is 100% successful. Occasionally, a tooth may not heal as expected or might become re-infected over time. If problems occur, retreatment or other procedures like apicoectomy might be necessary. Our dentist will inform you of the risks and success rates specific to your situation.

How long will the tooth last after root canal therapy?

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With proper care and maintenance, a tooth treated with root canal therapy can last a lifetime. However, it's important to continue regular dental check-ups and cleanings, as well as maintain good oral hygiene to ensure the longevity of the treatment and overall oral health.