The term “endodontics” comes from Greek origins: endo– meaning “inside,” and odont– meaning “tooth.” Together, you can see how endodontics means working inside the tooth, which we call a root canal in the United States.

Mesquite Dental & Implant Center offers endodontic services such as root canal procedures to help alleviate any pain and suffering you’re feeling in your mouth.

A root canal is a conservative procedure performed to save an internally infected tooth that would otherwise require extraction. Every tooth in your mouth is alive. Beneath the hard, outer shell of enamel and soft, underlying layer of dentin, a canal, or tunnel, houses the nerve that sustains a tooth’s life. A deep cavity or fracture can allow bacteria to infiltrate the canal. When this happens, the bacteria causes infection. Most commonly, intense pressure from the infection creates a sharp and unyielding toothache. To make the achy pain go away, Dr. George will recommend either a tooth extraction or a root canal.

If you elect to go the extraction route, you may also want to consider a dental implant to help fill the gap of the soon-to-be missing tooth.

However, if you’d prefer to keep your natural tooth for as long as possible, we recommend a root canal. If the tooth is too severely damaged, you may need to do an extraction no matter what.

To avoid extraction, if your tooth’s infection is found early enough, a root canal may be performed. One of the most feared dental procedures, today’s root canal treatment is actually performed more quickly and comfortably than ever before. Modern technology and micro-dentistry instruments allow for precision techniques and more successful results. Plus, Dr. George is a fully licensed and trained expert in sedation dentistry, which makes your experience that much more pleasant.

The procedure involves removing the infection and pulp from the tooth’s core, then filling the canal with a man-made substance. The tooth will no longer be alive, but it can remain in place beneath a protective crown.

Without treatment, an internal tooth infection can get into the bloodstream and lead to serious health complications.

Common Symptoms For Possible Root Canal Therapy

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth
  • Severe toothache
  • An abscess on the gums

Causes That Warrant A Root Canal

  • Repeated dental procedures on one tooth
  • Cracks and chips
  • Root fracture
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth inflammation

What To Expect During A Root Canal Treatment

As with any surgical dental procedure, a root canal begins with sedation. This outpatient procedure typically uses a local anesthetic, meaning the site will be numbed but you will be awake and aware.

Once your mouth is properly numbed, Dr. George will prepare the site and then get to work performing the root canal procedure.

The root canal begins with drilling a hole in the tooth to gain access to the root canal through the pulp chamber.

Next, it’s important to remove the dead or diseased tissue. While this tissue is the part that was causing you pain before the treatment, this part of the process will be pain-free because of the anesthetic. Following the procedure, you will no longer feel the toothache because the diseased tissue is gone. (There will still be pain immediately after the root canal because of the surgery itself).

After disinfecting the now-empty pulp chamber, the canal is shaped and filled with root canal fillings and sealers. Then, the access hole is filled with a sealant. Finally, the tooth is topped by a crown to protect it from further damage.

Now, the process is complete and you are on the path to a pain-free mouth.

In the days following the root canal, you may feel sore for a few days up to a week. The pain should never be more than an over-the-counter pain reliever can handle, so if it is, please contact our office to discuss your symptoms and possibly schedule another visit to make sure there is no infection.

Ultimately, there is nothing to fear about a root canal procedure. Dr. George and the entire staff at Mesquite Dental & Implant Center specialize in patient care, so you can always request something that will make you feel more comfortable during any visit.

If you have a toothache and want it examined by Dr. George, please call our office to schedule an appointment. We are happy to serve you.