If you have a tooth that is badly decayed or has developed an infection, your dentist may recommend root canal treatment. While the prospect of a root canal may intimidate some people, the fact is that root canals are quite common and are performed on a regular basis by most dental offices. Root canal treatment is just one of many services we provide for our patients from throughout the Taylor, TX, area.
What You Should Know about Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is often an excellent way to save a tooth that might not otherwise be salvageable. The process involves removing the nerve and the pulp material from the tooth, then sealing it off. Because the tooth doesn’t need the nerve or the pulp to be fully functional, the tooth can usually be saved by this procedure. In some cases, your dentist may place a crown over the tooth after the root canal procedure is completed.
The process typically requires two visits to our Taylor, TX, office. We offer our patients a variety of sedation methods to make the procedure virtually pain-free. After your root canal treatment, you should be able to return to your normal daily routine right away.
Signals that You May Need Root Canal Treatment
Often, patients are completely unaware that they need a root canal. But sometimes – particularly in those circumstances where an infection is present – there are symptoms. Some of those include the following:
- You have a discolored tooth
- You experience a severe toothache that gets worse when you bite down on it
- Your gums are tender and/or swollen around the affected tooth
- Your teeth are unusually sensitive to hot and cold foods
Call Our Office Today
If you think you may need root canal treatment, or to schedule an appointment with our friendly doctors, contact our office today. We are proud to serve patients from throughout the Taylor, TX, area.