Root Canals Specialist

Anniece Ward, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

The Dental Den of Allen

Anniece Ward, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Allen, TX

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. A root canal doesn’t have to be a stressful, uncomfortable experience when you visit Anniece Ward, DDS, and her skilled dental team at The Dental Den of Allen. Located in Allen, Texas, the experienced team performs root canals on a routine basis. If you have any hesitations about getting a root canal, give the office a call or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canals Q&A

Do I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. When the inside of your tooth is severely infected or decayed, Dr. Ward extracts any dying or dead tissue and bacteria from the tooth's interior. This way, she can save your tooth and help ease your pain.

What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

From damage to the tooth or from a cavity allowed to go untreated, roots and tissue within your teeth can become infected with bacteria. The infected tissue can develop inside the pulp or root of your tooth if you neglect to go to the dentist. This can cause a host of other problems if the infection spreads any further, so be sure to seek treatment.

What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. Some typical symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Intense tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful throbbing in your mouth or jaw
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A bump on your gum like a small pimple

What is the procedure for a root canal?

Dr. Ward and her team can usually fix your tooth within one or two visits. First, it may be necessary to take an X-ray to determine the degree of harm to the tooth requiring the root canal.

At your appointment, Dr. Ward uses a needle to numb the area with a local anesthetic. Sometimes she sticks a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. Once your tooth is numb, Dr. Ward creates a tiny opening in your tooth to reach the infection inside the root.

After this, Dr. Ward removes the infected and damaged pulp using small files, then washes away any debris from the area with water. Once all the infected material is removed, she either seals the tooth or puts in a temporary filling to protect your tooth until you come back for a permanent crown.

Book a consultation online or call The Dental Den of Allen if you show even a minor symptom or sign of tooth infection. It could be more serious than you think.