Endodontics – Root Canal
Root Canal Therapy in Hewitt, TX
The root canal is the inner chamber of your tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels, also known as pulp. If bacteria infects the pulp of your tooth, it can cause extreme pain and sensitivity, eventually leading to tooth loss without treatment.
Explore our guide to learn about root canal therapy and how it can help you avoid extraction.
Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call our practice right away:
- Severe toothache
- Chewing pain
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
- Discolored tooth
- Swollen and tender gums around the tooth
How Root Canal Therapy Works
To begin your treatment, one of our dentists will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area around your infected tooth. Next, they’ll create an opening in the tooth so they can remove the bacteria and fill the empty chamber with a specialized dental resin that will guard against further infection.
Finally, your dentist will reseal the tooth and protect it with a durable, natural-looking porcelain crown. This will eliminate your pain and prevent the need to extract your tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does root canal therapy hurt?
Though root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful, this isn’t really the case. We’ll use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth before the treatment begins, ensuring you don’t feel any pain.
Should my tooth hurt a week after the procedure?
While it’s normal to experience some mild discomfort after root canal therapy, this should dissipate within a week. If you’re still feeling pain more than a week after treatment, call our office right away.
What is root canal retreatment?
Though it isn’t common, some patients’ teeth get re-infected after root canal therapy. If you’re one of these patients, one of our dentists will thoroughly clean out your tooth and refill it.
What is a hot tooth?
When your tooth is infected, bacteria will break down the enamel and leave your nerve tissues exposed. This can result in extreme, prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
How can you tell if a tooth is dead?
A dying tooth often looks discolored — it can appear yellow, brown, gray, or even black. You’re also likely to experience toothaches or gum pain around the tooth.
How do I know if the nerves in my tooth are dead?
The edges of your teeth all contain nerve endings that are extremely sensitive. When a nerve dies, you’ll experience severe pain that will be hard to ignore.
Can root canal therapy cause headaches?
If you’re suffering from headaches or any sort of debilitating pain after treatment, call our office immediately.
How long does root canal therapy take?
In most cases, root canal therapy is completed in a single appointment, though larger infections may require additional treatment.
Visit Central Texas Dental Care for Root Canal Therapy
If the pulp of your tooth gets infected, you risk losing the tooth without treatment. Thankfully, we can use root canal therapy to save your tooth and shield you from pain.
Call our office in Hewitt at (254) 666-1686 and schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today.