Root Canal Therapy
When you experience general tooth decay or a structural injury, more than just your tooth’s exterior is at risk – these problems can actually allow dangerous bacteria to access the inner chamber, leading to a painful infection that could result in the tooth needing to be extracted. Thankfully, Dr. Joseph Creasy and the rest of our team here at Premier Endodontics can offer a saving grace – root canal therapy.
For many patients, the words “root canal” can send a shiver up and down the spine. While this treatment may have earned a bad reputation over the years, the truth is that millions of procedures are performed every year, and the results are both minimally invasive and wonderfully revitalizing. Better yet, our Fort Worth practice is dedicated to providing patients with the latest in technology and sedation techniques for maximum comfort! Please contact us today if you have any questions or concerns for our staff, or if you’re ready to schedule your first visit. We look forward to meeting you.
How do I know if I need root canal therapy?
There are some tell-tale signs and symptoms that may point to the possibility. These include:
- Significant dental pain that usually occurs when chewing food or applying any kind of pressure to the surface of a certain tooth
- The discoloration of a certain tooth
- Excessive sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Gums that are especially red or swollen
The Treatment Process
When undergoing root canal therapy, patients will always have both the tooth and the nearby soft tissue numbed with the latest in analgesics; sedation options are also available for patients who experience nervousness or fear when faced with an upcoming dental procedure. Once Dr. Creasy and our staff have ensured that you feel at ease, the treatment will begin with the creation of a small opening into the tooth so that we can access diseased pulp and bacteria. All of this is completely cleaned away and replaced with a biocompatible substance before the tooth is resealed to significantly decrease the risk of further infection. Finally, patients will need to return to their general doctor after they’ve healed so that the treated tooth can have its structure restored with a filling, inlay, onlay, or dental crown.
Root canal therapy is a less expensive option than having to replace a lost tooth, and patients are sure to enjoy being able to maintain the aesthetic, natural quality of their smiles as well. Best of all, the treatment has a high rate of success, and if the tooth is cared for properly with regular check-ups and diligent home care, it can go on to last for the rest of the patient’s life.