Root Canal Therapy
Endodontic therapy — often just called “a root canal” — is performed on a tooth that is so severely decayed or infected that it is in danger of being lost. In many cases, a tooth requiring root canal therapy may also be causing pain. At Texarkana Endodontics in Texarkana, Texas, our root canal specialist, Dr. Jason Michel, is experienced, highly trained and — most important of all — dedicated to the highest standards of care. In support of your dentist’s efforts to get you out of pain quickly and save your natural tooth, Dr. Michel uses the latest specialized techniques. Plus, Dr. Michel is known for his extremely gentle touch, so you know you’re in excellent hands.
The ABCs of root canal therapy
Dr. Michel performs root canal therapy as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia, which is administered in stages to ensure your total comfort. After gently removing the infected or inflamed pulp, he carefully shapes and disinfects the inside of the root canal. He uses a state-of-the-art electronic apex locator to aid in determining the precise location of the root end. (This also minimizes the number of X-rays required during treatment.) The canal is then filled and sealed with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. In addition, Dr. Michel’s ultrasonic equipment features diamond-coated tips, the small size of which preserves the tooth’s structure and provides more precise treatment.
What happens after root canal therapy?
In most cases, Dr. Michel’s can perform root canal therapy in a single visit. (More difficult cases may require a second appointment.) Once your treatment has been completed, a written report with images will be sent to your referring dentist. The remaining tooth structure may be more brittle than before, so you should not chew with or bite on the treated tooth until your dentist provides you with a permanent restoration (filling, onlay or crown).
Don’t avoid getting your root canal
If you put off getting the endodontic care you need because of fear, you’re putting the health of your smile at risk. Saving a tooth with root canal therapy can save you time and money compared to the alternatives. If you lose your tooth, the gap left behind will need to be addressed with either a bridge, dental implant or partial denture.
When you need root canal therapy, trust the specialist who works as an adjunct to your dentist’s care to relieve your pain and save your natural tooth with skill, knowledge and complete capabilities. Call Texarkana Endodontics today. Phone: 903-793-7411 – Toll-Free: 888-287-7555.