What is Root Canal Therapy?

diagram for root canal therapyRoutine visits to your dentist are vital when it comes to preventing dental diseases and other problems. Occasionally, tooth decay can develop so rapidly that during your preventive care visit your dentist may suggest root canal therapy to save one of your teeth. This procedure is an excellent option for treating tooth damage while saving your tooth’s natural structure. By completely eliminating the problem, a root canal can save you money and prevent you from experiencing any painful symptoms in the future.

Why Would I Need a Root Canal?

When plaque and bacteria in your mouth are not consistently removed, tartar and harmful acids can develop and wreak havoc on your tooth enamel. Starting as a tiny hole, a cavity can quickly progress into deep tooth decay, and reach your tooth’s sensitive pulp. Once infection takes hold within your tooth, a root canal is the best way to eliminate your symptoms. For some patients, a canal cleansing procedure becomes necessary after repeated dental work has not eased their symptoms. Old restorations can wear out over time, and possibly allow bacteria to seep down into the tooth, causing infected canals.

How It Works

Upon commencement of your root canal therapy procedure, your dentist or endodontist will thoroughly numb the tooth to be treated, and surrounding tissues. You should feel no pain during the treatment. A small access hole will be made in the surface of your tooth; this allows your dentist to visualize the inner workings and infected canals. Small tools will be used to remove all infection, pulp, and nerve tissue from the inside of every canal. Once thoroughly cleaned, a packing material is inserted to fill the tiny, hollow voids. Usually the final step of a root canal is placement of your custom dental crown, which usually takes a couple weeks to arrive from a lab. During this time you will have a temporary crown, but should be able to eat and drink as normal.


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.