Root Canals

Root canal therapy can save your tooth from extraction! At North Tarrant Dental Care and Orthodontics, one of our goals is to do whatever we can to avoid tooth extractions. If at all possible, we will do what we can to preserve your tooth and restore it. A root canal is one of the treatment options we offer that can save a tooth from further damage. Treatment options can oftentimes preserve a tooth and allow it to last for many more years. Root canal therapy is one option that has proved very effective for saving a decaying tooth.

What is a Root Canal?

When a small amount of decay is found in a tooth, it can normally be removed and replaced with a tooth filling. When this happens it is referred to as a cavity. Removing the decay forms a cavity in the tooth and a filing seals the tooth and protects it from further damage. However, if the decay isn’t caught early enough, it can begin to spread. If the decay has spread far into the tooth it may have reached the pulp of the tooth. Root canal therapy works by removing all of the decay and saving the tooth from further infection. By receiving root canal therapy you could save your tooth from severe pain and potential extraction.

The Process

A root canal is performed in just one visit. First, your dentist will ensure that you are completely comfortable and that the area around the tooth is numbed. Sedation dentistry can also help you feel relaxed throughout your visit if desired. Your dentist can discuss your sedation options prior to your scheduled root canal. Once you are comfortable, your dentist will begin to carefully remove all of the decay and infection from your tooth. The pulp of the tooth will also be removed. Once this process is complete, your dentist will fill and seal your tooth. Many times a dental crown is needed to cover your tooth and protect it from further damage.

If your dentist recommends a root canal, it is very important to schedule it right away. By avoiding a root canal, you could be putting your tooth at risk for extraction. If you need a second opinion or are in need of root canal therapy in Fort Worth, TX area, call our office to set up a consultation! Our team can examine your tooth, go over your options and schedule a root canal if needed.