Root Canal Therapy – Irving, TX
Severe Tooth Pain? We Can Help!
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?
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?
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
- 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.
Root Canal FAQs
With so many rumors being circulated about root canal therapy, it’s hard to get the facts straight. That’s why we’ve compiled professionally-answered questions about this widely misunderstood treatment below, for your convenience and peace-of-mind.
Are root canals painful?
It’s widely accepted that root canals are painful dental procedures; however, that’s actually not the case. The toothache that usually develops prior to you needing the procedure can be incredibly painful, and root canal therapy itself actually acts to reduce your discomfort instead of cause it. Before the procedure even begins, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to the area, making it completely numb. We also offer sedation as well, so you can feel relaxed throughout the entire procedure. Ultimately, this procedure helps get rid of pain, not cause it.
What’s the recovery process for root canal therapy like?
The following few days after your procedure, you’ll likely experience some discomfort, but nothing severe. We often recommend over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, to help you feel more comfortable while you recover. We’ll also provide you with some basic post-op tips to help you heal faster. These usually include:
- Maintain a soft diet.
- Continue brushing and flossing, taking special care around your treated tooth.
- Maintain a healthy diet by avoiding consumption of sugary foods whenever possible.
- Place a cold compress on your cheek to help with pain.
- Contact our office if you experience any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms.
What happens during a root canal?
After Dr. Hirji, your dentist in Irving, numbs the area by injecting the anesthetic, he’ll create a small access area in your tooth so he can reach the infected pulp. Our team will remove this pulp and sanitize the inner chamber of your tooth, being sure no harmful oral bacteria linger. To rebuild the structure of the tooth after it’s cleaned out, we’ll place a substance called gutta percha in the access area. We’ll also craft a customized dental crown to provide your treated tooth with protection, strength, and restored structure so you can continue using it comfortably.
How can I avoid needing a root canal?
The best way to avoid needing a root canal in Irving is to visit our office every six months for a checkup and cleaning. That way, if there is a severe cavity or broken tooth that leaves your pulp vulnerable to oral bacteria, we can treat and protect it before the infection develops. It’s also vital to brush and floss every day at home to prevent tartar and bacteria from accumulating in your mouth.