The term “root canal” is a cause for fear among many people, but really, this dental treatment is nothing to be afraid of! In fact, it has the power to relieve your pain and perhaps even save a suffering tooth from extraction. Dr. Rana is well-qualified to perform this restorative procedure and get you back on the road to excellent oral health.
The terms “root canal” and “root canal therapy” are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference. The root canal is a portion of your tooth’s anatomy; it is the area in the root of the tooth that contains the nerve and the pulp. When that sensitive region gets damaged or infected, root canal therapy is necessary.
During the procedure, Dr. Rana accesses the tooth’s interior and uses special tools to gently clean out the damaged area and remove the tooth’s nerve. Then, he fills in the tooth with a special, biocompatible material called gutta percha. Often, a crown is necessary following a root canal in order to protect the tooth from further damage.
Sometimes, extraction is a viable alternative to root canal therapy. However, it is always best to save a tooth if possible because a missing tooth can cause further oral health complications down the road.
Some signs that you may need root canal therapy in Mesquite include:
If you suspect you need root canal therapy, getting prompt attention is important. If an infection in your tooth goes untreated for too long, it can lead to a fever and other serious systemic health conditions.
Patient comfort is extremely important to Dr. Rana and the rest of our team. Thanks to anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation, along with the doctor’s gentle touch, you shouldn’t feel any pain during your procedure. In fact, it should be no more uncomfortable than getting a small filling.
After your anesthesia wears off, your tooth and the area around it may be rather sore. However, you should not be in extreme pain. Usually, it is possible to manage the discomfort with over the counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. By avoiding chewing on the side of the mouth that the dentist worked on, and by maintaining good oral hygiene, you can speed up your recovery.
It is important that you attend any recommended follow-up appointments so Dr. Rana can make sure that you are healing well from your procedure. If you have questions or concerns at any time during your recovery period, feel free to reach out to our team. We’re always ready to help!