Save Your Tooth with Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy doesn’t always have the best reputation, and many patients mistakenly believe that it causes undue tooth discomfort. However, this procedure is performed using local anesthesia, which numbs the entire area so you won’t feel any discomfort. Additionally, we offer dental sedation for patients who experience nervousness or anxiety and require additional comfort.
Root canal therapy stops deep tooth decay from damaging the tooth to such an extent that it will have to be extracted. Root canal therapy removes the infected pulp from within the tooth while preserving the hard, enamel exterior. Dental crowns are usually placed after a root canal procedure to reinforce the remaining tooth structure.
Dental infections that have reached the inner pulp layer hurt because that soft interior tissue is filled with nerves that have become inflamed and irritated. By removing the infected pulp, Dr. Huffstutler effectively removes the source of discomfort.
We believe that our patients deserve the best treatment for their unique situation. While Dr. Huffstutler performs basic root canals, in some cases, he may opt to refer you to a root canal specialist, called an endodontist. Endodontists have years of focused education and experience in performing complex root canal therapies.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
We want you to feel comfortable and well cared for throughout your visit. If you feel at all anxious or fearful about your root canal therapy, please let us know. Once you’re relaxed, Dr. Huffstutler or your endodontist will carefully remove the infected pulp tissue before disinfecting the canal chamber. Next, the root canal is filled with a flexible, biocompatible substance called gutta percha, which will lend extra support to the tooth. Finally, Dr. Huffstutler will place a temporary filling and take impressions for your permanent inlay, onlay, or full dental crown.
Find Out if Root Canal Therapy Is Necessary
If you experience severe tooth discomfort, then it may be internally infected, and you may require root canal therapy to save it. To find out if root canal therapy is necessary, reserve an appointment by clicking the banner below, or by calling our office in Ft. Worth, TX, today at (817) 577-1444. Our office welcomes patients from all over DFW, including Dallas, North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.