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man with toothache who needs root canal therapy in RichardsonAre you currently suffering from a monster of a toothache? Is it keeping you from working, eating, or even sleeping? If this is the case, you might have an infection deep within the tooth. Oftentimes, the most effective way to eliminate the infection and relieve your pain is with root canal therapy. Don’t worry; root canals in Richardson are nothing to be afraid of. If we decide that this treatment is what you need, Dr. Meredith Davis and Dr. Neill Clayton will make sure you’re comfortable every step of the way. To learn more about root canal therapy and how it can soothe your hurting tooth, give us a call today!

What Is a Root Canal?

diagram of tooth undergoing root canal therapyIn the center of a tooth is a soft tissue called the dental pulp. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. It extends from the inside of the tooth’s crown all the way down through the roots. These pathways that travel through the roots are known as root canals, which is where this procedure gets its name.

If root canal therapy is needed, the infected pulp of the tooth, including the nerve, is removed, and the inside of the tooth is sanitized to get rid of the infection. The pulp is replaced with a synthetic material, and the tooth is restored with a filling or crown for protection. A root canal saves your tooth from having to be extracted.

Signs That You Might Need a Root Canal

woman giving thumbs up in dental chairAlthough root canals are fairly common and have a high success rate, we generally only recommend then when all other options to save your tooth have been exhausted. Contact us if you notice any of the following common symptoms of needing a root canal:

What You Can Expect During Your Root Canal

anatomy of a tooth against light blue backgroundFirst, your dentist in Richardson will closely examine your tooth and take x-rays to determine whether root canal therapy is required. You might be hesitant to undergo this procedure, but there’s nothing to fear. Thanks to local anesthetic, this treatment should be no more uncomfortable than a simple filling. We also offer sedation options to help you relax.

Once your tooth has been numbed, we remove its pulp. The inside of the tooth is sterilized and filled back up with a special material called gutta-percha. Depending on the location of that tooth within your mouth, we may place either a filling or a dental crown over it. This restoration will not only look perfectly natural, but it should protect the tooth from damage in the future and allow you to effortlessly chew with it again.

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