Root Canal Therapy - Murphy, TX
A Non-Scary Solution To Severe Toothaches
Our teeth are composed of more than one layer. The first is the outer layer, known as the enamel, which protects against the harmful effects of bacteria and plaque. Immediately underneath is a thin layer of sensitive dentin. At the very heart of our teeth is a layer that contains the pulpal material that makes up the tooth's nerve. Most dental problems occur at the level of the enamel. Sometimes, though, the second and third layers can develop problems, often resulting from a deep cavity or a traumatic injury. When this happens, your tooth may develop a bacterial infection or severe discomfort, and we'll recommend root canal therapy in Murphy, TX to repair the damage and renew your smile.
Why Choose Murphy Family Dentistry for Root Canal Therapy?
- Over Two Decades of Advanced Clinical Experience
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
- In-Office Sedation Dentistry Expert
What Happens When a Tooth Develops an Infection?
When a tooth develops an infection, the bacteria responsible for it can kill the pulpal material of the nerve. This, in turn, will increase blood flow within the tooth and lead to pressure. Symptoms of an infection also include a persistent toothache and extreme sensitivity to chewing and hot/cold temperatures.
At this point, the best hope for saving your tooth is a procedure known as a root canal.
What Is a Root Canal?
During your procedure, your dentist will gain access to the interior of your tooth, where the nerve is located. Then, using specialized instruments, the cause of discomfort will be removed. Traces of infection will be eliminated as well, especially the infected pulpal tissue. Once this has been completed, your tooth will then be filled with a special filling material known as Gutta-percha. After the canals have been filled, the tooth will be restructured with build-up core material for the support of the crown. A custom-made crown will be placed over your tooth to protect and strengthen it. Your crown will also improve your tooth's appearance.
Will My Root Canal Hurt?
This is a common question, and the answer to it is simple. With today's advanced technology and analgesics, root canals can be comfortable. Your procedure can also usually be completed in a single visit.
To ensure your health following your procedure, thorough care at home is essential. You will also need to visit our Murphy, TX dental office for routine cleanings and exams.
Root Canal Frequently Asked Questions
If a root canal in Murphy was recently recommended to treat an infected tooth, it is normal to have several questions about the procedure. We understand your concerns. We want you to feel at ease when making decisions for your oral health. Here are the answers to a few of the top questions about root canals to make the best choice for your smile.
Do I need a root canal?
According to the American Dental Association, over 15.1 million root canals are performed annually. Although it is one of the most common restorative procedures, it is only recommended when there is no other option to save a tooth from extraction.
There are some obvious signs that a root canal may be in your future, including:
- Severe toothache
- Pain when placing pressure on a tooth
- Darkening of a tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to heat or cold
- Pimple-like pump appearing on the gum near the tooth
We perform an extensive examination to ensure a root canal is in your best interest. We take the time to explain your options, so you feel confident in your decision to save your tooth.
How painful are root canals?
Let’s face it, root canals have a bad reputation for being painful. While this was true in the past, several improvements have been made to the procedure. As a result, many patients now report it to be no worse than a traditional filling. To ensure your treatment is pain-free, we provide in-office sedation dentistry.
How can I overcome my dental fear?
A recent study found as much as 60% of people have some degree of dental-related anxiety or fear. If you are among those who have dental phobias or you are fearful of your upcoming procedure, we can help you relax. We are specially trained to safely offer sedation dentistry in our dental office. Depending on your level of anxiety and your specific needs, you may benefit from nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or IV sedation. We will choose the appropriate sedative to help you relax and ensure a pain-free root canal.
Should I have the tooth pulled out instead?
Extracting an infected tooth may seem like the simple solution. Although it will give you a quick fix to stop your pain, it will create a new list of challenges. Every tooth in your mouth is vital to your oral health and functions. When even one is missing, your jawbone deteriorates. Over time, this leads to several new concerns, such as diet limitations, gum disease, cavities, and additional tooth loss. Not to mention, you will need a lifelong commitment to a dental prosthetic to fill the empty space. You can avoid the complications of missing teeth by saving your tooth with a root canal.
Still Have Questions?
We take the time during your consultation to explain the treatment and answer your questions. If you need a root canal, we provide the stress-free, comfortable procedure you need. Contact your emergency dentist in Murphy today to schedule your consultation.
Contact Us to Learn More About Root Canals
Call us today to learn more about root canals or to reserve an appointment with Dr. Najari and Dr. Nguyen.