About Root Canal Therapy
The soft inner section of a tooth (the pulp) can develop an infection, which will cause a lot of pain as the tooth begins to die. A root canal at White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX will remove the infected pulp to save the tooth, and prevent the infections from spreading within. After the pulp is removed, family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Karuna Peravali will decide whether to replace the pulp with a filling material or cover the treated tooth with a crown to strengthen and protect the weakened tooth. If the pulp of the tooth is infected, it is important to have a root canal as soon as possible to prevent the infection from affecting other teeth and entering the blood stream, which can spread the infection throughout the body.
What to Expect
A root canal is usually performed with local anesthesia to numb the teeth and gums and sedation may be added if needed. The dentist will remove the pulp from the infected tooth/teeth, then the dentist will place a crown or inject filling material. Some patients are at higher risk of developing an infection (usually patients with heart problems like congenital defects and artificial heart valves), so the dentist may prescribe a round of antibiotics before and after the root canal treatment.
If only local sedation is used, you will be able to drive and recover at home, but some sedation options may require you have a responsible adult pick you up. Patients will have temporary numbness and some may have minor discomfort that can usually be treated with an over-the-counter painkiller. If a temporary crown was placed over the tooth, the permanent crown will be placed and fitted at a separate appointment. After a root canal, oral care including brushing and flossing at home plus visits to the dentist as recommended are important to maintain the health of the treated tooth/teeth.
A root canal procedure is usually covered in part by dental insurance, but it may not cover additional expenses for emergency care. Our office accepts many forms of payment and we can help patients with financing plans, if needed.
Plan Your Procedure
To relieve your pain and prevent more serious dental problems, don't avoid talking to your dentist about a root canal. With modern dental equipment and techniques as well as sedation options, fixing an infected tooth doesn't have to be painful or time consuming.