Root Canals in Mansfield
Individualized Care For Every Patient
When decay or infection reach the nerve of a tooth, it causes significant pain. Left untreated, the pain and swelling will get worse, eventually causing the tooth to die. This type of problem can often be solved, and the tooth saved, with a procedure known as root canal therapy. Our Mansfield dentistry specialists work to provide thorough, gentle care.
Root canals have a reputation for being painful and expensive. However, modern dental technology and instruments enable our dentists to provide this treatment with very little discomfort at an affordable cost for our patients. In most cases, the procedure is relatively simple and can be completed in one or two visits.
Reasons a Root Canal May Be Needed
People often mistakenly think that a painful and infected tooth needs to be removed. However, extraction is not always the best option, as it can cause problems for the adjacent teeth in the future. Your dentist may determine that root canal treatment is needed when you are experiencing pain or swelling. In some cases, you may not feel pain yet, but the problem is revealed in an x-ray.
A root canal may be needed if:
- There is infection inside the tooth
- Tooth decay has reached the nerve
- You are having severe tooth pain
- There is an abscess in the gums or root tip
- You are experiencing tenderness or swelling
What to Expect During a Root Canal
This procedure is performed by a dentist or endodontist, which is a root canal specialist. The procedure begins by numbing the tooth and making an opening in the top of the tooth. The dentist places a series of root canal files into the opening to remove the pulp, nerve tissue, decay, and bacteria until only healthy tooth remains. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed with a permanent filling, also known as a build-up. Should additional appointments be required, a temporary filling will be put in place.
In most cases, it is advisable to cover the tooth with a crown to restore the function of the tooth and prevent breaking. There may be some sensitivity when the treatment is finished, but this will go away, as the inflammation subsides and the tooth heals. Your Mansfield dentist will provide care instructions before you go home.
We work to preserve your natural tooth and eliminate infection and pain. Get in touch with us today at (817) 631-2444 for an appointment.