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. As technology has progressed, our methods of treating infected teeth have become painless. We do everything we can to help you feel comfortable during the procedure.
We’ll use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth before the treatment begins, ensuring you don’t feel any pain. Many patients compare receiving root canal therapy to getting a cavity filled. You may feel some pressure, but pain is unlikely.
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 by dialing (254) 666-1686.
Tooth pain after root canal therapy can mean there’s a complication with your tooth. You can reduce your risk of post-procedure infection by following post-operative guidelines provided by your dentist.
What is root canal retreatment?
Though it isn’t common, some patients’ teeth get re-infected after root canal therapy. This can happen if all the infection isn’t cleared out, often due to a complicated tooth root structure or if there’s a structural issue with the protections we put in place.
If you’re one of these patients, one of our dentists will thoroughly clean out your tooth and refill it. Reinfection doesn’t mean your tooth is lost, as another root canal can still preserve your tooth.
What is a hot tooth?
A hot tooth is a severely infected tooth that is difficult to treat. A hot tooth is difficult to treat because they often don’t respond to anesthesia. This can make treatment very painful
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.
If you’re uncertain if your tooth is dead, we urge you to come in to get it looked at. Your dentist can determine if your tooth is dead and suggest treatment options for you. A dead tooth can cause issues for your oral health, so it’s important to seek help.
How do I know if the nerves in my tooth are dead?
When a nerve dies, you’ll experience severe pain that will be hard to ignore. The edges of your teeth all contain nerve endings that are extremely sensitive. They become much more sensitive when they’re dying or dead.
If you experience any severe pain in your mouth, an appointment at Central Texas Dental Care can determine the cause and solution to your tooth pain. Severe pain is a sign that something is seriously wrong and may have health effects if left untreated.
Can root canal therapy cause headaches?
Root canal therapy doesn’t directly cause headaches unless something has gone wrong with the procedure. If you have a mild headache, it’s unlikely that there’s a complication and over-the-counter pain medications can help.
If you’re suffering from severe headaches or any sort of debilitating pain after treatment, call our office immediately. There may be an issue stemming from your infected tooth or root canal therapy that we need to examine.
How long does root canal therapy take?
In most cases, root canal therapy is completed in a single appointment lasting around 90 minutes, though larger infections may require additional treatment.
The actual procedure length depends on the complexity of your root structure, if more than one tooth is affected, and the severity of the infection. More than one appointment may be required in some cases, but we’ll make sure you’re comfortable during your treatment and that your tooth is safe.
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.