Root Canals Specialist

Dental Access

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, TX & Pantego, TX

Tooth pain is the worst. Sometimes you just want it to go away so much that you think pulling the tooth may be the best option. But the doctors at Dental Access in Arlington, Texas, can help you solve your toothache and save your tooth with a root canal. Book an appointment online or call today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves a tooth by removing the dental pulp inside, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The doctors at Dental Access perform a root canal when the dental pulp is diseased due to bacteria entering the tooth, causing infection and inflammation.

Things that contribute to the infection may include:

  • A big filling or cavity
  • A cracked, chipped, or broken tooth
  • Multiple restoration attempts  

Why do a root canal instead of pulling the tooth?

When you extract a tooth and don’t replace it, the neighboring teeth can start to shift, making it harder to chew and brush your teeth. When you can’t clean your teeth thoroughly, then you’re prone to getting gum disease.

A missing tooth can also cause bone loss in the area of the jawbone where the tooth used to be. Bone growth is stimulated by the pressure placed on the tooth from chewing, so without the tooth there, bone can erode away.

The doctors at Dental Access recommend saving the tooth with a root canal instead of extracting it, whenever possible, in order to keep teeth from shifting and to avoid bone loss.

What happens during a root canal treatment?

The goals of the root canal process are to remove the infected dental pulp, prepare the root canal to be filled, and fill the hole created to perform the procedure. The treatment takes place over the course of one or two visits and happens in three basic steps.

Step one

After giving you a local anesthetic to numb the area, the team of doctors at Dental Access will isolate the tooth and affected the area with a piece of plastic called a dam, creating a clean work area that’s free of saliva.  

Step two

The team of doctors at Dental Access makes a small hole in the affected tooth. He removes the infected pulp from the root canals of the tooth. Once the canals are clean, he fills them with a substance called gutta-percha, which is mixed with an adhesive to seal the root canals. The doctors at Dental Access fill the tiny hole in the tooth with a temporary filling.

Step three

Most times the team of doctors cover the tooth with a crown. Because the pulp is gone, the tooth can become brittle, so the crown protects it.

If you have a toothache, make an appointment with a doctor of Dental Access to get it checked out right away. Book online or call today.