Consistent tooth pain or increased sensitivity are two tell-tale signs that something is wrong with your tooth. If your discomfort is caused by a tooth infection, Dr. Asad Ahsan may recommend a root canal treatment. This procedure involves removing the inner pulp of the tooth. As a result, the infection is removed, and you can keep your natural tooth. If you are experiencing any dental pain, we encourage you to visit our dentist at Vital Dental and learn whether you need a root canal in McKinney, Texas.
A root canal treatment, or more commonly known as just a root canal, is a type of endodontic treatment that can help treat an infected tooth. Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on treating the inner pulp of the teeth. The pulp is made up of nerves, tissue and blood vessels, and it is protected by the hard, outer enamel layer. However, the pulp can become infected if the enamel is worn away, or if you experience an injury or great amount of tooth decay. When this happens, a root canal is typically the best treatment option.
Root canal treatments can typically be completed in one or two appointments. Our dentist will begin by numbing the area around the damaged tooth so as to give you a more comfortable treatment. Next, he will make a small hole in the crown of the tooth to access the inner pulp. With small instruments, we will remove the pulp from within the tooth and clean out the root canals. Once all of the infected tissue is removed, we will fill the root canals with a filling material so as to prevent future infections. Finally, we will restore the cap of your tooth with either a filling or a crown. In the end, your tooth will maintain its same natural appearance without the discomfort.
Many people are nervous about root canals because they have a bad reputation of being painful. However, with today’s advanced dental technology and techniques, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling. At our practice, we also offer sedation and anesthesia options to help make your treatment more comfortable. If you would like to learn more about root canals, or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our team. We are here to help care for your smile in any way possible.