Root Canal Treatment

smile2Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is necessary when a cavity has reach all the way to the pulp of a tooth. In addition, sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy. Once this happens, the pulp becomes infected and this infection can extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone. By the time the pulp is infected, it must be treated by a professional. It can compromise the entire immune system.

Symptoms indicating the pulp has become infected include sensitivity to hot/cold temperatures or sweets, pain, swelling, pain from biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.

Although the idea of a root canal may be scary, the process is very similar to getting a filling for a cavity. If you are experiencing pain and tenderness in your teeth or gums, or you have a cavity that has been left untreated for a long time, we encourage to to come see Dr. Stansbury right away. Please call our office at (972) 966-1163 to schedule your appointment.

Welcome to Dr. Audrey Stansbury's office, Highland Village Dental. We hope to see you soon! We see patients from the entire metroplex, including Flower Mound, Lewisville, Denton and Coppell. Looking for a new dental care home? Contact us today to schedule a visit with our humble team.