Painless Root Canal Procedure in Plano, TXDr. Barfield on Root Canals Read Transcript
People have heard horror stories about root canals and the reality is, most root canals are pretty routine procedures, pretty uneventful, usually not a lot of pain associated with it. Occasionally there is somebody that experiences pain during the root canal, probably 1 in 100 that we have difficulty getting somebody numb and those are the ones you have heard horror stories about but the majority of root canals, from the patient’s perspective, is no different than having a filling or a crown done. We do root canals on teeth, really as a last resort. We do a root canal instead of pulling a tooth so we don’t do root canals on teeth unless somebody is having a lot of pain or the tooth is just non-restorable otherwise.
If you have a persistently aching tooth, you may need a root canal. Those two dreaded words keep many people from going to the dentist to seek treatment because of all the horror stories they’ve heard about intolerably painful root canals.
Root canals are nothing to fear at 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX; they’re painless, routine treatments that can save your tooth from extraction. Dr. Barfield and his knowledgeable team have performed countless root canals and can easily relieve your pain, thanks to their skilled work and use of advanced technology.
You may need a root canal if you have:
- a cavity that’s too deep for a filling
- an infection or abscess as a result of your deep cavity
- a broken, chipped, cracked, or otherwise injured tooth
What Is a Root Canal?
When you have any of the problems listed above, you can develop inflammation and disease in your tooth. When we perform a root canal, we’ll remove this damaged portion of your tooth known as the pulp, which includes the nerves, tissues, and blood vessels. This prevents us from having to pull your tooth.
When we remove the pulp during your root canal, it takes along with it the nerve, blood, and nutrient supply to your tooth. This will cause your tooth to become brittle and prone to fracturing. To prevent your tooth from further damage, we can restore it with a custom-made full crown.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Root canals are usually simple procedures that take one to three appointments depending on your case. Many people have no symptoms after treatment, while some may experience minor discomfort, sensitivity to hot and or cold, sensitivity to pressure, and swelling. If you experience swelling, please call our office to see if you need medication to provide you with relief. Otherwise, be gentle on your tooth during your healing process, and your symptoms should disappear within a couple of days.
If you have more than one appointment, we may use a temporary filling to seal the tooth and protect it between visits.
Afraid of getting a root canal? Read about our sedation options here, or feel free to ask us for more information.
A root canal has a high success rate, especially when you maintain good oral hygiene at home and come in for your regular cleanings. 1st In Smiles is confident in our ability to perform this treatment successfully, so we offer a warranty if you have any problems not caused by lack of proper care. If you have an upcoming root canal appointment, ask us about our warranty policy.
Dr. Rick Barfield is a native of Richardson, Texas. He received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and has been providing trusted dental care in the Plano, TX area for more than 30 years.
Don’t let your toothache go untreated! Relief from your pain is just a phone call away. Call our Plano, TX office at 972-905-9266, and one of our friendly staff will be ready to set up your appointment. You can also request an appointment by filling out our convenient online form.