Find Out If You Need a Root Canal
A root canal may be the exact procedure you need to save your tooth and relieve your pain. Dr. Britton has years of experience working with patients of all ages to provide the fastest, most pain-free root canals in Arlington, Texas. We’ll make sure your root canal experience delivers the best results.
When Do You Need a Root Canal?
We normally only recommend a root canal when you are experiencing certain symptoms. These include:
- Excessive pain whenever you chew or apply pressure to the surface of your tooth
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold
- A single tooth becoming dark and discolored
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums around the tooth
- Persistent and reoccurring pimples in the gums
What, Exactly, Is a Root Canal?
The root canal procedure is used to repair and save teeth that have been badly damaged from decay and infection. It’s usually not necessary until the infection hits the nerve and starts causing serious pain.
We’re here to help you stop that terrible toothache and get your teeth back in good shape.
The treatment for a root canal involves removing the nerve and the pulp before cleaning and sealing the tooth back up. Once we’re done, your tooth will be restored to its full strength and functionality.
How Does the Procedure Work?
The first step of any root canal is the detailed x-rays. These will help us determine the shape of the canals and find all the signs of infection in the tooth and near the nerve and bone. We will, of course, use the proper anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.
Next, Dr. Britton will create an opening at the top of the tooth to access the infected area. He will then treat and clean the infected tissue and root canal spaces. The canals are then filled with a material that will help to prevent future infection.
The next phase of the root canal therapy uses Itero technology to take detailed scans of your mouth. This information is then sent to a trusted lab where your custom crowns will be made. Once they’re placed, they will fit perfectly and look just like the rest of your teeth. (You will be fitted with a temporary crown while your permanent one is being created.)
Do Root Canals Hurt?
This is one of the most common misconceptions about root canal therapy. Many people believe that a root canal procedure is extremely painful or, at the very least, really uncomfortable.
The fact is that root canals are not the cause of your pain. This is the procedure that will stop the pain that comes when an infection reaches your nerves.
Most patients report that a modern root canal procedure is no more uncomfortable than any other cavity or filling.
You don’t have to put up with that ongoing pain any longer. Contact us today and set up an appointment with Dr. Britton for a root canal in Arlington, TX. We want you to feel comfortable with the overall treatment and assure you that Dr. Britton has the skill and experience to make sure you get an easy procedure with minimal pain and a quick healing process.