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Root Canal Therapy – Allen, TX

We Save Hurting Teeth
from Extraction

Does the mere mention of the phrase root canal make you cringe? There are many misconceptions out there regarding this procedure, but the truth is that without root canal therapy, many teeth would need to be extracted entirely. About 15 million root canals are performed in America every year, preserving 15 million teeth. Plus, although root canals have a negative reputation associated with pain, Dr. Ward expertly handles hurting teeth in a way that helps a patient stay perfectly comfortable while in the chair. Do you have teeth in need of root canal therapy in Allen, TX? If so, reach out to The Dental Den of Allen and schedule an appointment today!

Man and woman sharing healthy smiles after root canal therapy

Why Choose The Dental Den of Allen
for Root Canal Therapy?

  • Dental Emergencies Welcome
  • Metal-Free Crowns Available
  • Sedation Options Offered for Anxious Patients

What Happens if I Do Nothing?

Woman in need of root canal holding cheek

In many cases, people who need a root canal experience debilitating dental pain, which usually motivates them to see the dentist right away for treatment. However, you don’t have to be in pain to need a root canal, so it can be tempting to put off having this procedure. Don’t! Unfortunately, dental problems tend to only worsen with time, and the longer you wait, the greater the likelihood of damage to your smile and your overall well-being. Spare yourself the pain and expense of more invasive treatment or extraction later on by taking care of the problem sooner with root canal therapy.

Why Is Root Canal Therapy Sometimes Necessary?

Model of the inside of a tooth

Dr. Ward may recommend a root canal when the pulp, or nerve center of the tooth, is infected. This can happen if the tooth is badly decayed or damaged in a dental injury. In this case, bacteria can easily access the pulp, often causing severe pain for the patient. A root canal simultaneously addresses the cause of the problem, relieves the source of the pain, and enables you to keep as much of your natural tooth as possible.

What Is the Root Canal Process?

Dentist pointing to model smile

As with all procedures, root canals start with a diagnosis. Looking at your digital X-rays, we can see how far the damage has penetrated your tooth. If we determine that a root canal can save your tooth, we’ll follow this process:

  • Dr. Ward will give you a local anesthetic to numb any pain you may be feeling.
  • Then, she will create a small hole in the tooth to access its interior.
  • After removing the pulp and all infected tooth structure, we’ll clean the inside of the tooth before we seal it.
  • Finally, we’ll place a tooth-colored filling or a dental crown over the tooth to protect it from future decay. Keep in mind that we will likely need to place a temporary crown on the day of the procedure and have you return for the permanent one a few weeks later.