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Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics for an Infected Tooth) – Richardson, TX

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Overview

Root canal therapy is needed when the deepest part of the tooth (the pulp) becomes infected. This can be the result of a deep crack, physical injury to the tooth, or an untreated cavity. The decay process takes a while to move through the hard outer layer (enamel) into the soft layers inside the tooth.  When the decay expands to the inner portion of the tooth, an endodontic infection results. If the infected pulp is not removed, it will become increasingly painful as the infection spreads. If neglected, it is possible the infection may spread to the blood stream and threaten your overall health. A visit to board certified Dr. Robert Porter for evaluation and treatment can help avoid this worse case scenario.

Also known as an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Robert L. Porter Dentistry removes the infected pulp, cleans the inside of the tooth, and then seals the tooth. Board-certified dentist Dr. Robert Porter may recommend root canal therapy to Richardson, TX patients because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from spreading to other teeth (and creating larger problems).

Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often put off going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of dental anxiety. Dr. Porter and his staff will do their very best to make sure you are at ease and comfortable.. Call Robert L. Porter Dentistry to schedule a consult with Dr. Porter for more information about root canal therapy.

Best Candidates

You may have an infected tooth if you have any of the following symptoms: pain when chewing or touching a tooth, jaw pain, swollen and tender gums (or  pimple) near a tooth, dark or discolored tooth. or lingering hot or cold sensitivity. If you are experiencing any of these issues, please don't let dental anxiety or fear keep you from getting your tooth examined by Dr. Porter. Set up an appointment at Robert L. Porter Dentistry as soon as you feel or see any changes in your mouth.

What To Expect

Prior to the treatment, Dr. Porter will examine your tooth and the radiographs (x-rays) to determine the extent of damage or decay and whether antibiotic therapy is needed. We do not want you to feel nervous, anxious, or scared during your appointment. Many individuals request nitrous oxide (laughing gas)  to help them feel relaxed through the root canal procedure. Dr. Porter is very understanding about dental anxieties, and will help you make the appropriate decision on how to proceed.

To perform an endodontic procedure, Dr. Porter will access and examine the innermost part of your tooth and then carefully remove the infected pulp. From there, the inner chamber will be thoroughly cleansed and disinfected.. Once it is cleansed, the tooth is filled with a dental filler (gutta percha) to seal and protect it from further decay. Most cases will require a crown to protect the tooth and restore it to normal function.

Recovery

There may be some tenderness or sensitivity following the procedure, but this should not last more than a few days and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. You should avoid chewing hard, crunchy foods for the first 24 hours. Most patients return to normal activities the next day. You should schedule a follow-up appointment for about six months post-procedure. Dr. Porter will examine the area to see that the infection is gone and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule bi-annual dental checkups and cleanings to maintain your oral health.

Insurance Coverage

During your consultation, Dr. Porter will go over cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you have dental insurance, we will contact your provider to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, Robert L. Porter Dentistry takes many payment methods and we can assist you in finding dental financing options.

Root Canal Therapy

Due to advances in medical techniques and technology, a root canal can be a quick, simple process to treat an infected tooth. Treating a dental infection should never be postponed or neglected. Your dental treatment at Robert L. Porter Dentistry can be free from discomfort and help avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Contact our office in Richardson, TX to schedule a consultation with board-certified dentist Dr. Porter to learn more about root canal therapy and ways to improve your dental health.

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