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Root Canal Treatment – Fort Worth, TX

Relieve Your Pain and Save Your Tooth

Each tooth in your mouth is built like a fortress with hard enamel and dentin protecting the inner nerve. When severe tooth decay or another type of damage gives bacteria access to the interior pulp chamber, painful infection can ensure. In this case, root canal treatment in Fort Worth is likely the best option to treat tooth loss. Otherwise, it would need to be extracted. Dr. King and our team at Summer Creek Dentistry can perform the life-saving procedure to relieve your pain and restore the health of your tooth, so it continues to serve you well for many years to come.

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Why Choose Summer Creek Dentistry for Root Canal Treatment?

What Is a Root Canal?

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A root canal is an endodontic procedure used to extract the inner layer of a tooth that has been compromised. It is one of the most widely performed restorative dentistry treatments; however, it’s only recommended when there aren’t any other viable solutions to save a tooth from extraction. Although the pulp is necessary while a tooth is still developing, it can survive without it after it has fully formed.

The Root Canal Treatment Process

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When a root canal becomes necessary, Dr. King will start by giving you a local anesthetic, which feels like a cavity getting filled. Once you’re numb, she will remove the infected tissue and structure, including the pulp. Then, she will clean the inside of the tooth and sterilize it before sealing it with a material called gutta-percha to prevent future infection. Finally, she will place a restoration on the tooth. If your tooth requires a custom dental crown, we’ll take an impression of your teeth to ensure it matches their appearance. It can take the dental lab a couple of weeks to craft your crown, so Dr. King may place a temporary one while you wait.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal? 

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If you have a badly damaged or infected tooth, it’s best to have it treated right away. If you delay getting the care you need, it can lead to the loss of your tooth. The infection can also spread to surrounding structures and into your bloodstream, creating new complications. Many patients are tempted to have their tooth extracted to avoid a root canal; however, this is rarely the best option. Every tooth is crucial for a healthy, functional smile. Removing even one significantly increases your risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. 

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

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Although they have a bad reputation for being painful, modern advancements in dentistry cater to patient comfort. Our dental office uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure you’re comfortable during your procedure. If you need a little extra help relaxing, we also offer sedation dentistry. We strive to keep the root canal procedure as pain-free as possible, so you can sit back and relax while we work to rehabilitate your tooth.

Recovering from a Root Canal

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It’s normal for your tooth to be a bit tender for a few days after your root canal procedure, so we recommend sticking to softer foods until it subsides. You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage any discomfort. You can also use a saltwater rinse to reduce any inflammation and reduce pain. It’s important to commit to your oral hygiene at home to ensure your tooth stays healthy. Don’t forget to visit our office at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.

Stop Your Toothache and Save Your Tooth

We can restore a healthy, functional tooth using the latest innovations in dentistry. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for root canal treatment.

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