What is Root Canal Therapy?
When the soft inner section of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected, the entire tooth begins to die. A root canal treatment by Frisco general dentist, Dr. Camelia Cooper, removes the pulp from the tooth to stop the infection from continuing and spreading to the other teeth. The root canal will also relieve the patient’s pain and allow proper healing. Once the pulp is removed, Dr. Cooper will need to use a filling material inside the tooth or place a crown over the tooth to protect it from damage and future infections. A root canal will also stop the bacteria from entering the blood and infecting other parts of the body. Patients at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft with heart problems, including congenital defects and artificial heart valves, are at higher risk of developing an infection and should take antibiotics before and after their root canal treatment.
What are the benefits of a root canal?
There are many benefits to a root canal treatment, including:
- Prevention of tooth loss
- Decreased risk of infection
- Improvement of overall dental health and tooth appearance
- Comfortable, quick treatment
- Prevention of deterioration of the jawbone
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"Knowledgeable, courteous, professional and very general. Dr. Cooper has done a root canal and an extraction and she hasn’t hurt me, only felt a prick in preparation to numb me up. The entire staff are professional and they all know what they are doing exhibit care and compassion. Great place for top quality DENTAL CARE. Check Sweet Tooth out, I’m sure satisfaction will follow. ❤️❤️❤️❤️🌹"- A.O. / Facebook / Feb 20, 2020
"Knowledgeable, courteous, professional and very general. Dr. Cooper has done a root canal and an extraction and she hasn’t hurt me, only felt a prick in preparation to numb me up. The entire staff are professional and they all know what they are doing exhibit care and compassion. Great place for top quality DENTAL CARE. Check Sweet Tooth out, I’m sure satisfaction will follow. ❤️"- A.O. / Facebook / Feb 20, 2020
"Knowledgeable, courteous, professional and very general. Dr. Cooper has done a root canal and an extraction and she hasn’t hurt me, only felt a prick in preparation to numb me up. The entire staff are professional and they all know what they are doing exhibit care and compassion. Great place for top quality DENTAL CARE. Check Sweet Tooth out, I’m sure satisfaction will follow."- A.O. / Facebook / Feb 20, 2020
"First time visit today! I have bad anxiety and needed a new crown and Dr. Cooper was perfect! Very friendly and let me know everything was going to be fine. I got my temporary crown and am looking forward to going back in 2 weeks. Highly recommend Dr cooper and her super great crew! ( and that says a lot coming from someone with lifelong fear of dentists)"- W.M. / Google / Sep 23, 2022
"I am a new patient and here to tell you about Dr. Cooper! She is very knowledgeable and so thorough. Best part is that she is informative, and lets you know every step of the way what’s going on so there are no surprises. Even though it took sometime for me to complete my new patient information because they did not send it to me on time, it was still the fastest easiest appointment. I could not believe how Dr. Cooper & her assistants took it to heart that I needed to pick my daughter from school & worked to get me out right on time with a perfect job on my temporary crown! I do not have enough words to express how smart & unmatched this Doctor is. I genuinely simply recommend!"- A.I. / Google / Oct 29, 2022
Do I Need A Root Canal?
Diseased tooth pulp might be caused by extreme cavities, a crack, or a wound. Dr. Cooper can take an x-ray and perform a dental exam to decide if a root canal or a different treatment is needed to soothe tooth pain and recover your oral health. Common signs that may indicate the need for a root canal include intense or throbbing tooth pain, other lasting dental discomfort, pain from biting, and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. You may also notice puffiness concentrated on the face or gumline, a large boil around the gumline, or discoloration of a tooth after an injury.
What Can I Expect with a root canal?
Before the root canal begins, Dr. Cooper will numb the patient’s teeth and gums with a local anesthetic, as well as nitrous oxide gas for further patient comfort and relaxation if needed. Once the patient is prepared, Dr. Cooper will carefully remove the pulp from the decayed tooth, both the visible portion of the tooth and the root below the gum line. After the tooth is removed, Dr. Cooper will place a crown or filling material to strengthen and protect the treated tooth.
What should I do after a root canal?
After the root canal treatment, the patient’s lips and gums will remain numb for a few hours, but the patient will be able to drive and leave to recover at home. If the patient is feeling any pain after the procedure, they can take an over-the-counter painkiller, following the instructions on the label. If Dr. Cooper placed a temporary crown over the tooth, the patient will return after the permanent crown is created and sent back to Sweet Tooth Dental Loft. Dr. Cooper will then place the crown and check the fit. The patient should return for annual dental exams and professional cleanings twice a year, or as recommended by Dr. Cooper.
Root canal therapy FAQs
Does a root canal hurt?
It's common for patients to be concerned about root canal therapy because they're afraid of pain. Rest assured that Dr. Cooper performs each treatment with the utmost care. Patients are also given a strong numbing agent to keep them comfortable throughout the process. After a few hours, the numbing wears off, and you'll feel normal again.
Do I need a root canal or a tooth extraction?
A tooth that has been damaged from decay or trauma may need a root canal in order to save an otherwise healthy tooth. However, an extraction may be a better option if the tooth is not salvageable. The professionals at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft will examine the affected tooth and discuss the safest and most effective treatment options for your needs.
How successful are root canals?
The goal of a root canal is to save a tooth and return it to a healthy, functioning state. Research has shown that root canal treatment is successful in most cases. Our Frisco, TX dental clinic is proud to offer top-of-the-line tools and technologies to increase your chances of success.
Plan Your Procedure
Stop Dental Infections
If you have a toothache or infection, make an appointment to have Dr. Cooper look at your tooth and talk about treatments, including a root canal. A root canal at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft in Frisco can prevent more serious dental problems and relieve your pain.