Root Canal

Smiles Family Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & Family Dentists located in Arlington, Irving, & Flower Mound, TX

Many people incorrectly assume that root canals are the most painful procedure at the dentist’s office. In actuality, the only painful part of a root canal is the condition that necessitates the procedure: an infected tooth root. The highly skilled dentists at Smiles Family Dental use laser technology in their root canal services and are trained in pain management, ensuring that your root canal is a simple and relatively painless experience. With offices conveniently located in Arlington, Irving, and Flower Mound, Texas, the team of dental experts at Smiles Family Dental will help restore your infected tooth root and alleviate your pain. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the office or using the easy online booking tool.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that restores a tooth with an infection in its soft inner area, or “pulp.” Your pulp is composed of soft tissues and nerves, and when it gets infected, it swells, pinching the nerves and causing significant pain. In a root canal, the infected pulp is removed in order to relieve your pain and prevent the further spread of the infection.

There are a few myths about root canals that aren’t exactly true. The first is that they’re painful. In general, they don’t hurt any more than getting a filling, and at Smiles Family Dental, laser technology is used in the procedure, which further minimizes any pain. The intense pain that people associate with a root canal is actually the pain the infected tooth root causes that lead you to need the root canal procedure.

The second untrue myth about root canals is that the procedure causes illness in the rest of your body. This idea originated many decades ago when dental technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today. In reality, salvaging an infected tooth with a root canal is actually very good for your overall health, because it stops the spread of infection while salvaging your natural tooth.

How do I know I might need a root canal?

Some of the symptoms of an infected tooth root include:

  • Spontaneous pain in your tooth
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold sensations
  • Inflamed gums
  • Pus around the tooth, or a small pimple-like bump on your gum
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • Bad breath

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with the team of experts at Smiles Family Dental to determine if your tooth is indeed infected.

Do I really need a root canal?

Allowing an infected tooth root to go untreated can lead to a number of serious conditions, such as:

  • Tooth loss
  • Infection of surrounding teeth
  • Bone loss in your jaw
  • The formation of pus-filled pockets called abscesses in your tooth’s root
  • The formation of holes in the side of your tooth that can leak infectious bacteria into your cheek and gums

Although a root canal involves the removal of your tooth’s nerve, your nerve doesn’t serve much function beyond providing sensory input about whether something in your mouth is hot or cold. It’s much better for your oral health to save your natural tooth by extracting the root than to keep an infected root in your mouth.

What’s involved in a root canal procedure?

The team of gentle dentists at Smiles Family Dental administer your root canal in one or two office visits. During the first visit, they numb the area around the infected tooth and drill a small hole in its surface. Next, they use laser technology to extract the infected pulp. Depending on the degree of your infection, they might treat your root chamber with a round of antibiotics and send you home while the infection clears up.

Once they’re confident that the infection is eliminated, they fill your root chamber with a rubber-like compound and cover the hole with a mercury-free filling or a dental crown to strengthen and reinforce your tooth.

To learn more about how the Smiles Family Dental team can salvage your natural tooth with a root canal, call the office or schedule an appointment with the online booking tool.