Root Canal Therapy Dallas TX

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia, if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What a Root Canal Looks Like

Illustration of healthy teeth in lower jaw
Healthy Tooth
Illustration of healthy tooth parts
Tooth Anatomy
Illustration of decayed tooth and inflamed pulp in lower jaw
Inflammation
Illustration of decayed tooth with cleaned canals in lower jaw
Cleaned Canals
Illustration of decayed tooth with temporary filling in lower jaw
Filling Placed
Illustration of healed tooth with in lower jaw
Healed Tooth

Root Canal FAQ Video

Please watch this interactive multimedia presentation that provides information for frequently asked questions about Root Canals.

Endodontic Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.

Endodontic Presentation

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After Root Canal Treatment

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment or microsurgery. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond: 214-826-2364. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.

Root Canal Cost

The cost associated with this procedure can vary, depending on factors such as the severity of damage to the affected tooth and which tooth is affected. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth. Fees vary from the type of treatment performed and the specific tooth or teeth involved. Also, insurance co-payments will vary among different insurance companies and each individual policy. Please call our office at 214-826-2364 so we can give you a better estimate of the cost of treatment.

Root Canal Treatment, Step by Step

Please watch this video that explores each step of the Root Canal Treatment procedure.