If you have a toothache, there are several things that may be causing your discomfort. However, dental infection is the most common reason for tooth pain. Infection impacts the soft pulp and nerves inside your tooth, as well as your dental roots. In most cases, root canal therapy is the most effective treatment for an infection. The procedure will eliminate bacteria and prevent further damage to your tooth and surrounding tissues. Unfortunately, there are a number of widespread misconceptions regarding highly effective root canal therapy.
What Is Endodontic Treatment?
During a root canal, Dr. Huffstutler will remove all bacteria and infected material from your tooth. He will also reshape and disinfect your root canals. When your tooth is bacteria-free, your North Richland Hills dentist will fill your tooth and root canals with a rubber compound called gutta percha. Finally, he will place a temporary filling and take impressions of your tooth. He will send these measurements to our partner lab, and the technicians will create your custom crown, inlay, or onlay. When the restoration is finished, you will have a second appointment, so that Dr. Huffstutler can check the fit and attach it to your tooth.
Common Misconceptions about Root Canal Therapy
- Root Canals Are Extremely Painful.
This is the biggest and most pervasive myth regarding root canal therapy. Actually, the procedure involves minimal discomfort. Your tooth and nearby gum tissue will be completely numb during the procedure. In most cases, all you will feel is a slight pressure. For most patients, a root canal is comparable to receiving a filling. However, if you are still anxious, we can also provide dental sedation.
- Root Canals Therapy Is Dangerous.
There have been a number of claims that root canals cause serious health problems, including cancer. However, the majority of dental experts, including the American Association of Endodontists and the American Dental Academy®, reassure patients that these claims are unscientific and based on improperly designed research.
- After a Root Canal, My Tooth Will Look Strange.
Dental infection can compromise the aesthetics of your smile, leaving you with a tooth that is severely darkened from the inside. Therefore, following endodontic therapy, your tooth will actually look better than before. You will receive a custom-made crown or smaller restoration that will blend naturally with your smile.
- My Dentist Might as Well Extract My Tooth.
Although root canals are more extensive than other forms of restorative treatment, it is always better to preserve your natural tooth. Even the most advanced dental restorations are not as strong as the body’s own materials. Additionally, your dental roots prevent jawbone degeneration and a changing facial structure. Implants are the only restorative treatment that can offer this benefit.
ABOUT YOUR NORTH RICHLAND HILLS FAMILY DENTIST:
With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-918-3038.