Are you worried about an upcoming root canal appointment? If so, you are not alone. Root canals have come to become a symbol of dental anxiety, being portrayed as unbearably painful and traumatic. However, root canal therapy in Murphy, TX works to alleviate tooth pain rather than cause it. Dr. Gandhi would like to reassure you that the gentle techniques and sedation options offered at Murphy Dental Home will allow for a positive, comfortable experience.
Root canal therapy is a dental treatment that we use to repair a severely damaged tooth with infected or inflamed tooth pulp. The most common reasons the tooth pulp becomes inflamed and infected are deep cavities, cracks, and trauma. An infected tooth left untreated can result in tooth pain, swelling, an abscess, or bone loss around the tooth root, which may potentially lead to tooth loss.
Root canal therapy relieves you of pain and saves your tooth, allowing you to maintain its natural appearance and function. The treatment will help you avoid the need for involved procedures down the road including extractions, implants, bridges, or dentures.
Some symptoms and signs that you might need root canal therapy may include a persistent toothache, swelling, tooth discoloration, tenderness, cold or heat sensitivity, or a pimple-like bump on your gums caused by an abscess. In some instances, you may not experience any signs or symptoms. This is why we recommend that you maintain your routine dental exams so that we can diagnose any potential problems and treat them before they progress and cause any complications.
Restoring a tooth using root canal therapy typically requires two appointments to complete. Our team will start by using a local anesthetic to numb the area and may also provide sedation options for your comfort. Our endodontist will then remove the decay or damage in the tooth.
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