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Root Canal Therapy – McKinney, TX

Comfortable, Effective Smile Renewal

Woman with a toothache before root canal therapyAs a team that values conservative dentistry, our first plan is always to save a tooth from extraction and keep your smile intact whenever possible. And sometimes, root canal therapy is the best way to do just that. This common restorative procedure can rescue a severely decayed or injured tooth from extraction. Keep reading to learn more about root canal therapy in McKinney, TX.

When Is a Root Canal Necessary?

A root canal is necessary when the interior of a tooth has been affected by tooth decay or injury. Your tooth is made up of several layers -- the outer enamel covers up the dentin and the pulp which lives on the very interior of the tooth. If a cavity is not treated, it will eventually eat its way into the pulp. A broken tooth could also leave the pulp exposed. Either way, a root canal will likely be the recommended treatment.

Some of the warning signs that could indicate the need for a root canal include:

  • A severe toothache
  • Sensitivity to heat, cold, or pressure
  • Receding gums
  • A darkening tooth
  • A foul odor coming from the tooth

What Happens In a Root Canal?

Dental x-ray of tooth in need of root canal therapy

Most root canal procedures are carried out over the course of two visits to our dental office. During the first appointment, the tooth is cleaned out, the root canals are reshaped and sanitized, and a biocompatible material fills the interior. When a second visit is required, the tooth will be measured for a new restoration and a temporary crown or filling will be placed. Then, you return to our dental office after one to two weeks for the permanent restoration.

Root canal therapy has developed the reputation of being very painful -- but that’s actually not so accurate at all. We believe that somewhere along the way, people started confusing the pain of the toothache with the treatment that cures it. The truth is, there is nothing to fear from a modern root canal. Anesthesia and sedation are always on hand to help you fully relax throughout the procedure.

Recovering from a Root Canal

Woman giving thumbs up after root canal therapy

If your root canal procedure is carried out over two visits, you will need to take extra care when eating until your tooth has received the permanent restoration. Avoid sticky and hard foods altogether and try to avoid chewing on that side of the mouth.

Right after the procedure is complete, you will likely experience some mild discomfort, bleeding, and swelling. Plan to take it easy for the rest of the day. Lie with your head elevated and use an ice pack in the first 24 hours after the procedure to minimize swelling. Take any medication exactly as prescribed and do not hesitate to get in touch with us if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after several days.

Contact Us Today!

Are you dealing with an aching or damaged tooth? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dental office! With comfortable and effective root canal therapy, we can have you out of pain and on with your life before you know it. We invite you to contact us to schedule an appointment today.