Root Canal Therapy

Root canals in Greenville, Texas, may be recommended by Dr. Jackson Bean when the nerves in your teeth become infected or damaged. This often causes toothaches and may prevent you from enjoying normal activities. We invite you to give Complete Dental Care a call at 903-568-3732 to learn more information or schedule an appointment with Dr. Jackson A. Bean.

The term “root canal treatment” is the cleaning of the canals inside your tooth’s root. A root canal treatment is designed to get rid of bacteria from the infected tooth and prevent reinfection, rather than remove the entire tooth.

This treatment is a type of endodontic therapy that is often recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves become infected or damaged. This may occur if injury or decay reaches deep into the tooth, past the outer enamel layer.

Once the inside of the tooth (pulp) becomes infected, it cannot repair itself. If bacteria get through the root opening, you can get an infection in the bone. Without proper treatment, the infection spreads which causes the tooth to become damaged and need to be extracted.

Alternatives to a root canal include removing the damaged tooth, no further treatment and even replacing the tooth with a dental implant.

  • Studies have found that only 17 percent of people described it as their “most painful dental experience”
  • 15 million plus root canals are performed each year, according to the American Association of Endodontists.

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Do you need a root canal:

Consider the following:

  • Do you have a cracked tooth from injury?
  • Do you have a deep cavity?
  • Do you have an issue from a previous filling?
  • Do you have sensitive teeth? Particularly with hot or cold. 

Here are a few other symptoms:

  • Severe pain while chewing or biting
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Lingering temperature sensitivity
  • Swollen or tender gums
  •  Swelling around your face and neck
  • Deep decay

Advantages of root canals:

  • Saves the natural tooth
  • Looks natural
  • Able to bite normally
  • Able to chew efficiently
  • Protects other teeth from wear and tear

Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful treatment. In reality, however, root canal treatments can often be completed with minimal discomfort. The pain is coming from the infection of your tooth, this treatment will help alleviate the pain.

Combined with advanced techniques, tools and patients being given anesthesia, a root canal at Complete Care Dental isn’t more painful than a filling or having a wisdom tooth removed. There may be some mild discomfort for a few days after your procedure.

How to prevent a root canal:

  • Floss at least once a day
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride or a fluoride rinse
  • Go to the dentist every 6 months for your cleaning
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks

A deeper look:

  • Beneath your enamel, is a soft tissue call pulp
  • Pulp contains: blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues that help the tooth root grow
  • Pulp extends from the visible part of the tooth (the crown) to the root in the jawbone
  • A developed tooth can survive with just the tissues around it
  • Cracked, damaged teeth allow bacteria to enter the pulp
  • Bacteria causes infections, abscess, pulp death, bone loss or even tooth loss
  • After the procedure is done, the tooth is dead and you will no longer feel any pain in that tooth

The process:

  • Start with dental x-rays to get a view of the damage.
  • An opening is made through the visible part of the tooth to gain access to the pulp.
  • Dr. Jackson Bean will clean and flush the area by removing the infected and decayed tissues from within the tooth.
  • Reshaping or enlarging the root may happen for better access for filling.
  • Medications are sometimes used to clear any infections in the pulp chamber or root canals.
  • The tooth is filled with a sealer paste and rubber compound, followed by a dental filling.
  • Tooth is capped with a zirconia crown to return the tooth to its original shape and structure.

Aftercare:

  • You will be numb 2-4 hours after your procedure
  • Most patients return to school or work immediately
  • It’s recommended not to eat until the numbing agent wears off
  • Your tooth may be sensitive for a few days after your procedure
  • Over the counter pain meds can be helpful
  • Pressure or pain more than a few days should be addressed by your dentist

Dr. Jackson Bean and the entire team work hard to provide you with a pleasant and comfortable experience each time you visit our office. To learn more about root canal treatment, we welcome you to contact us today. We are committed to restoring your smile’s health.

References:

American Association of Endodontists. (2021, December 10). What is a Root Canal? https://www.aae.org/patients/root-canal-treatment/what-is-a-root-canal/

Brazier, Y. (2017, July 26). What to expect from root canal treatment. Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/142780#who_needs_it

Hecht, M. (2019, December 20). Do You Need a Root Canal? 7 Telltale Symptoms. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/do-you-need-a-root-canal-7-common-telltale-symptoms#other-questions

Slide show: Root canal treatment. (2021, December 21). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tooth-abscess/multimedia/root-canal/sls-20076717?s=7