Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics for an Infected Tooth) – Frisco, TX

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Overview

When detected early enough, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. However, when the decay has moved beyond the outer tooth and affected the inner portion of the tooth, you may need a root canal. Also called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Stonebriar Dental requires the removal of the decayed pulp from the tooth, disinfects the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Board-certified dentists Drs. Brian Wong and Jansen Bean may recommend root canal therapy to their Frisco, TX patients, because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from extending to other teeth which creates additional issues.

If you think you could benefit from root canal therapy, we understand that you may have reservations about undergoing the procedure. Though root canals are common dental treatments, patients often shy away from going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of anxiety and fear. Drs. Wong and Bean and their staff try very hard to keep you at ease and comfortable and our office offers sedation dentistry for relief of dental fear and anxiety. Call Stonebriar Dental to arrange a consult with one of our experienced dentists for more information on sedation options and root canal therapy.

Best Candidates

Infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth might be the result of a severe crack or deep cavity in the tooth, or a physical injury. Common signs that you might have a tooth infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infected pulp is not treated, the pain and swelling will increase as the infection spreads to the rest of the mouth. Set up an appointment at Stonebriar Dental at your earliest opportunity if you suspect changes in your mouth. If you have fears and reservations about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental treatments.

What To Expect

Prior to beginning the treatment, your anesthetic and sedation options will be discussed with you. We do not want you to feel nervous, anxious, or scared during your appointment. Several individuals opt for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to undergo a root canal. Our dentists understand and empathize with those who have dental phobias and attempts to help you make the recommended decision for your sedation needs.

To perform an endodontic procedure, the innermost part of your tooth will be observed and the infected pulp will be carefully extracted. Next, the inner chamber will be meticulously cleaned to evacuate any leftover debris. To conclude the procedure, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.

Recovery

Subject to what type of sedation was chosen, you might need to have a reliable adult escort you home following your appointment. You should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen; however, these symptoms are minor and can be tolerated with anti-inflammatory medications. We ask that you arrange for a routine checkup about six months post-procedure. We will examine the area to determine if the infection has been controlled and that there is no cause for concern. Henceforth, you should continue to schedule standard dental checkups and twice yearly dental cleanings to optimize your oral health.

Insurance Coverage

During you consult, we will discuss cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you currently have dental insurance, we will speak with your provider to obtain your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, Stonebriar Dental takes a number of payment methods and can assist you in finding medical financing options.

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Root Canal Therapy

Due to vast growth in the medical industry, root canal therapy can be a quick, simple way to heal an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at Stonebriar Dental can be without grave discomfort preventing you from experiencing further tooth pain and more serious complications. Call our team in Frisco, TX to arrange a consult with board-certified dentists Drs. Wong and Bean to learn more about root canal therapy and improving your dental health.

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