Root Canal Specialist

Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentists located in Denton, TX

Root canal procedures once reached a level of dental infamy that scared people into avoiding them for as long as possible. However, getting a root canal is much less frightening than the alternative of having your tooth rot away from infection. At Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Patrick Ruehle, DDS, performs gentle root canals to remove damage and decay from the inside of your tooth. If you live in Denton, Corinth, Argyle, Robson Ranch, Bartonville, Lantana, Lake Dallas, Shady Shores, Highland Village, Justin, Ponder, Sanger and Krum, Texas, and need a root canal with minimal pain, call the Denton, Texas, office to schedule an appointment today.

Root Canal---seldom a problem

What is a root canal?

A root canal, actually a part of a tooth, has come to be known as the process of removing the infected tissue from inside a tooth to preserve the tooth itself. 

Over the course of one or two visits to Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, your dentist will complete the procedure in four easy steps:

X-ray

A member of the team takes an X-ray of your at-risk tooth to see the extent of the damage.

Anesthesia

Your dentist provides local anesthesia to keep your tooth numb during the procedure. A popular myth about root canals is that they’re horribly painful, but anesthesia prevents you from feeling a lot of pain during the procedure.  The pain associated with root canals is usually that they flare up in the middle of the night, and they generally cause you a lot of pain until the tooth can get treatment at the office.  

Pulp removal

Your dentist makes an opening in your tooth to extract the diseased pulp, then thoroughly cleans and disinfects the hollow inside of your tooth with the Waterlase laser. Lasers provide the highest level of disinfection possible while also preserving tooth structure more than traditional root canal treatment.

Filling

Your dentist uses a filling material to fill the inside of your tooth and hold its structure. Then, he seals the opening. 

After the procedure, your dentist usually creates a crown to go over your tooth and keep it safe and strong. Once the root of any tooth has been removed that tooth becomes very brittle and likely to fracture off. This is why a crown is done so that you can continue to use normal force to chew healthy foods, lift weights, get mad and grit your teeth – so many reasons.  

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth has been injured by trauma or by decay. Tooth nerves have a limited ability to heal after injuries and can breakdown and become infected if not treated.  

When a tooth is decaying from the inside, the soft inner part of your tooth, called the pulp, contains tissues and nerves that when healthy, keep your tooth nourished. 

If you notice that a tooth feels extra sensitive to heat or feel painful and throbbing, you might need a root canal. X-rays can usually see these problems early before they are so painful, but be mindful that once you have an infected or dying nerve in a tooth, things like stress, sudden barometric pressure changes, and full moons will make these worse. 

What are the benefits of getting a root canal?

An impending root canal may cause you to be anxious and afraid, but you’ll be glad you got one after the procedure is over. Getting a root canal means you can:

  • Chew easily
  • Bite down normally without pain
  • Keep your natural tooth and its appearance
  • Avoid further infection in the surrounding teeth
  • Recover with minimal discomfort

Additionally, root canal treatment is virtually painless (especially compared with the alternative of tooth extractions). 

If you’re feeling pain or sensitivity around a tooth, don’t hold off on getting treatment. Call Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule an exam with Dr. Ruehle.