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Root Canal Therapy – Irving, TX

Severe Tooth Pain? We Can Help!

Tooth pain

Have you been suffering from a severe toothache for several days now? This could be a sign of a severe infection that, if left alone, could eventually lead worse health problems and a gap in your smile. Luckily, in many cases Dr. Hirji will be able to save your tooth with root canal therapy in Irving. Thanks to advanced techniques, this procedure is simpler and smoother than ever. Contact our office right away if you think you might need root canal therapy.

How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?

Root canal therapy

The tooth contains a soft collection of blood vessels, tissue and large nerves collectively known as tooth pulp. Many toothaches occur when the pulp becomes badly infected. With root canal therapy, the infected area is removed from the tooth altogether, thus stopping the pain as well as further damage. (The tooth will still be able to function normally even without the nerves in the pulp.)

During the procedure, your trusted dentist in Irving will take an X-ray to check the inside of the tooth and check whether the infection has spread to the surrounding bone. After that, the area around the tooth is numbed, and a rubber dam is placed so that the area stays dry. Dr. Hirji will make a small hole in the tooth so that he can take out the pulp. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and then resealed. In most cases, you’ll also receive a crown some time after the procedure since the tooth will be left somewhat fragile.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

X-ray of decayed tooth

Pulp usually becomes infected when the tooth has been damaged in some way (whether it’s from a cavity or other kinds of physical trauma) that leaves the inner layers exposed. Eventually, an abscess could form; this is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the roots of the tooth. If left alone, an abscess will lead to:

  • Swelling in the face, neck or head, making it difficult to breathe in some cases.
  • Bone loss in the jaw.
  • Spreading of the infection to other parts of the body. (In rare cases, you could even develop life-threatening sepsis.)

If the damage is too severe, we may have no choice but to extract the tooth; if that happens, you might need to get a bridge or another kind of dental prosthetic so that you can continue to eat and speak properly. However, root canal therapy will help you avoid these complications.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Smiling dental patient

  • Little to No Discomfort: Despite what many patients might think, modern root canal therapy is no more painful than getting a filling. You might feel some discomfort afterwards, but pain medication can help you control it.
  • Highly Successful: Root canal therapy has a 95% success rate; in many cases, the rescued tooth will continue to last you for the rest of your life.
  • Natural-Looking Restorations: Thanks to natural-looking fillings and crowns, most onlookers won’t be able to tell you even had root canal therapy performed in the first place.