Root Canal Therapy in University Park, TX

Greenville Ave Dental offers root canal therapy to patients in University Park, TX. Root canal therapy treats infections inside the tooth that have reached the nerve. During the procedure, the dentist removes the infected nerve and pulp of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned, shaped, and filled to prevent re-infection. With proper care, most people who have root canal therapy can expect their tooth to last as long as other natural teeth.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure that treats infections inside the tooth. The infection occurs when bacteria reach the tooth's nerve, typically due to a cracked or chipped tooth, deep cavity, or other trauma to the tooth. As the infection spreads, it can lead to pain, swelling, and even tooth loss if left untreated.

How Is Root Canal Therapy Performed in University Park, TX?

Root canal therapy at Greenville Ave Dental involves the following steps:

  1. Anesthesia - The dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth to prevent discomfort during the procedure.
  2. Tooth Opening - The dentist will create an opening in the crown of the tooth to access the infected nerve and pulp.
  3. Nerve and Pulp Removal - The dentist removes the infected nerve and pulp from the tooth using small dental files and irrigation.
  4. Cleaning and Shaping - The root canal system is cleaned, shaped, and enlarged to allow for proper filling.
  5. Filling and Sealing - The tooth is filled and sealed to prevent re-infection. A crown or other restoration may be placed over the tooth to protect and support it.

Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?

With proper anesthesia, most patients report that root canal therapy causes little to no discomfort. After the procedure, over-the-counter or prescription medication may be used to prevent infection and manage any mild pain as the tooth heals. Patients can typically return to their normal daily activities the next day.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

The recovery process after root canal therapy typically takes around one to two weeks. The tooth may be sensitive during this time as it heals, but this sensitivity should subside with time and medication. A crown or other restoration placed on the tooth may extend recovery slightly. Patients are advised to avoid chewing on the tooth until permanent restoration is placed.

Will I Need a Crown After Root Canal Therapy?

In many cases, a crown, inlay, onlay, or other restoration is placed on the tooth after root canal therapy to protect and support it. Without a crown, a root canal-treated tooth is more prone to fracture. The dentist can determine if a crown or other restoration is necessary based on the remaining natural tooth structure. If a significant portion of the tooth is gone, a crown is typically recommended to prevent the tooth from breaking.

Book Your Root Canal Therapy Appointment in University Park, TX Today!

If you're experiencing tooth pain or infection, don't delay treatment. Contact Greenville Ave Dental today at 972-483-9783 to schedule your root canal therapy consultation in University Park, TX. Our dentist will evaluate your tooth to determine if you're a candidate for this treatment and help get you out of pain as soon as possible.