Root Canals Specialist

Moderna Dental Studio

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentists located in Farmers Branch, TX

Sudden tooth pain and sensitivity are telltale signs that damage has reached the center of your tooth. At Moderna Dental Studio in Farmers Branch, Texas, Noah Cruz, DDS, and Mayra Estrada, DDS, perform root canals to remove inflamed or infected tissue from your teeth. This procedure can help relieve pain and prevent further damage. For more information about root canals, call the practice or book an appointment online today.

Root Canals Q&A

What are root canals?

A root canal is a restorative procedure that can save your damaged or infected teeth. The team at Moderna Dental Studio often performs root canals to save teeth that are in danger of requiring extraction. 

At the center of your tooth is a soft center called the pulp. Tooth pulp contains tissue, nerves, and blood vessels that are crucial to early tooth development. Once your tooth reaches maturity, however, the pulp is no longer necessary. If damage or an infection reaches your tooth pulp, it can cause severe pain or discomfort. 

The team performs a root canal to relieve pain and save your tooth. To prevent further damage, they remove the pulp and replace it with a biocompatible material.

Who needs root canal procedures?

Tooth infections and advanced decay can happen gradually, but over time, they often cause painful and uncomfortable symptoms. Signs that you need a root canal include:

  • Intense tooth pain
  • Temperature sensitivity to food and drinks
  • Pain when chewing
  • Fever
  • Halitosis (bad breath)

If you think you have a tooth infection or decay that is causing you pain, seek treatment right away. An untreated tooth can result in complications, such as an abscess. An abscess is a pus-filled sac that can form at the root of your tooth.

A ruptured abscess is not only painful, it’s dangerous. It can spread potentially harmful bacteria throughout your body.

What happens during root canals?

When you arrive for a root canal, the team administers a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. Once your mouth is numb, they create a small access hole in the center of your tooth and then use special dental tools to carefully remove the damaged pulp. 

It’s important to make sure there is no leftover pulp or bacteria. The team cleans and sanitizes the tooth chamber to eliminate any sign of disease. Once the entire area is clear, they replace your pulp with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This material keeps your tooth strong. Finally, the team seals the access hole.

Weak teeth are often vulnerable to reinfection and damage. To fully protect your tooth, the team may recommend a dental crown. This tooth-shaped cap fits over the visible part of your treated tooth to protect and restore it.

To learn more about root canals, call Moderna Dental Studio or schedule an appointment online now.