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Root Canal Therapy – Fort Worth, TX

Comfortably Saving Teeth from Extraction

Have you ever had tooth pain that seems to come out of nowhere? While you may think this discomfort occurs instantaneously, it’s probably due to an infection caused by poor oral hygiene.  In order to remove the infected part of your tooth without extracting it entirely, we must perform a root canal! This procedure often gets a bad rap, but in reality, we use root canal therapy in Fort Worth to get patients out of pain rather than put them in it. Keep reading to learn more about root canal therapy and what you can expect during the process.

What is a Root Canal?

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A root canal is a treatment that we use to remove infected and decayed tissue from the inner portion of the tooth. This procedure can effectively prevent infection from spreading while also saving your tooth from extraction. First, Dr. Shweta Sinha will ensure that you’re numb and comfortable. Then, she will create a small access point in your tooth, where she will carefully remove the infected tissue. After, she’ll fill it with a biocompatible material called gutta percha. This material helps strengthen and support your tooth. Lastly, she will place a dental crown on top to protect your tooth for the future.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

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You may need a root canal for multiple reasons, but the most common is due to infection caused by lack of care for your oral health. When plaque and debris are left in the mouth, bacteria will continue to grow, and it has the opportunity to cause infection and decay. Additionally, root canals may also be necessary because of dental trauma or serious injury. This treatment is often our last resort before we have to extract a tooth.

Patients who need a root canal will typically experience:

  • Discomfort in a tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity in teeth
  • Discoloration of a tooth
  • Swelling around the affected area
  • Pain when chewing

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, contact our office today to save your tooth and get relief.

Recovering from a Root Canal

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While we do our best to make the procedure as painless as possible, it’s completely normal to feel slight soreness after the fact. To manage your discomfort, you can take over the counter pain medication and use a cold compress for soreness. Additionally, you should avoid brushing and flossing the affected area, and you should try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth for the first couple days. As each day passes, you should feel less discomfort. However, if the pain gets more severe after a few days, call our office right away for additional treatment.

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