Root Canal Treatment
At Fresh 32 Family Dentistry, we would like you to forget everything you’ve heard about root canal treatment. We want to set the record straight once and for all and tell you that root canals don’t cause pain; they relieve it.
Root Canals Save Teeth
The thing about root canals is not that the procedure is painful; it’s the infection inside the tooth that hurts because it’s close to the nerve. When patients arrive at our Mesquite dental office with an infected tooth, they are already in a great deal of pain.
By eliminating the infection with root canal therapy, Dr. Lalani eliminates the pain and saves the tooth from extraction.
Symptoms of a Tooth Infection
A root infection doesn’t always present with any symptoms, which is why seeing us for routine checkups is so crucial. When you keep these appointments, our dentist can diagnose the infection at that time and treat the tooth before you ever feel any pain.
Some common symptoms that indicate an infected or abscessed tooth are:
- Puffy, inflamed, or irritated gums
- Swollen cheek or face
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Sensitivity and pain when chewing or biting
- A raised bump or “pimple” on the gums
- A foul odor or taste in your mouth
If you experience any of these symptoms, call Fresh 32 Family Dentistry. It is crucial for your oral health and general well-being to seek treatment as quickly as possible. A dental abscess or tooth infection can have life-threatening consequences if not treated right away.
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
The goal of root canal treatment at our Mesquite dental office is to remove the infection from deep within your tooth.
The first step is for Dr. Lalani to numb the tooth he’s treating and ensure that you don’t feel anything before he begins your procedure. If you want complete relaxation, we also offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas to take the edge off your anxiety.
Next, he opens up a tiny hole in the tooth to access the interior portion where the infected tooth pulp is located. Using great skill, Dr. Lalani meticulously cleans out the infected material with specialized instruments.
When he’s removed every trace of the infection, he disinfects the space, fills it with a material called gutta-percha, then seals the tooth. The final step is to place a temporary filling on the tooth to protect it as it heals.
It is common to experience soreness for a few days after your root canal as the tooth heals. This is normal, and you can ease your discomfort with OTC pain relievers.
Do You Need a Root Canal in Mesquite, TX?
Dr. Lalani is an emergency dentist, so if you are in pain or notice any of the symptoms above, he can see you as soon as possible to provide treatment. Please call our Mesquite dental office to schedule an appointment.