What to Expect During and After a Dallas Root Canal Procedure
Dallas Root canal therapy typically requires more than one office visit. The procedure begins with an X-ray to determine the shape of the root canals and to detect any signs of infection in surrounding bone tissue. Local anesthesia will then be administered to numb the area near the tooth. A rubber dam may be used to keep saliva away from the tooth during the procedure.
A hole will be drilled in the tooth to allow access to the root canals and pulp chamber. Using a series of root canal files, the canals and chamber are cleaned out, removing bacteria, pulp, decayed nerve tissue, and any related debris from the tooth. Water or sodium hypochlorite will be used periodically to flush away the debris.
Once the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned out, the tooth will be sealed. If infection was present, the dentist may choose to put a medication inside the tooth to clear up the infection prior to putting a permanent sealant and/or crown on the tooth. In such instances, temporary fillings are used until the permanent sealant is applied.
Your tooth may be somewhat sensitive for awhile after the root canal procedure, especially if infection or pain was present beforehand. This discomfort is due to inflammation of the tissue and can usually be controlled with an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen.
If a temporary filling has been put on the tooth, it might be a good idea to avoid chewing on that tooth as much as possible until a permanent crown or filling has been placed. This extra care could prevent recontamination of the tooth’s interior and prevent breakage of the tooth before it has been fully restored.
Success Rate of Root Canal Therapy
Overall, Dallas root canal therapy has a great success rate. About 95% of procedures performed have been successful! With proper oral hygiene and dental care, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can last a lifetime. Book my appointment