Root Canal 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.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"This is my testimonial of confidence and gratitude for Dr. Porter and his wonderful staff. I have been a patient of Dr. Porter's since the mid-nineties. He was always a great dentist. When my husband and I moved to south Garland, I thought I would find a close dentist just to be part of our new neighborhood. I called 1-800-dentist and they referred us to an office in Mesquite. One of the dentists performed a root canal on an upper left side molar. He was flirting and giggling with his assistant while he was working on me. I heard a crunch while he was working on the tooth. I told him and he ignored me. Several days later the tooth abscessed so I went back to this dentist and he performed another root canal on the same tooth – and charged me again. ... I told her I WAS GOING BACK TO DR. PORTER ON MY KNEES AND ASK HIM TO FORGIVE MY DISLOYALTY AND TAKE ME BACK AS A PATIENT! Which I did. I told Dr. Porter that my molar still felt alive even after all of the previous root canals. He skillfully removed the tooth, perfectly intact, and found that the root had been crushed, probably during the first root canal, and the piece of broken root was forming a little pearl under the tooth. He removed the piece of broken root. When I healed, he made me a perfect new tooth and bridge using the one he had skillfully removed. It feels like I grew it myself. The moral of the story is that when you have a great dentist like Dr. Porter, don't mess around and go to someone else. My husband, my mother, my mother-in-law all use Dr. Porter. We all hope he never retires."- EJ / Office Visit / Sep 01, 2009
Best Candidates for Root Canal
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 with a Root Canal
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.
Root Canal 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 for Root Canal
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.