Root Canal Therapy in Denton, TX

Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentists located in Denton, TX

The Root Cause of Your Tooth Pain

Constant toothaches or pain can be a sign that your tooth is severely infected. Instead of worrying about having it removed, at Garden Oaks Family Dental, our dentist, Dr. Ruehle, and our staff can save your tooth by conducting a root canal. Most people think that root canal therapy is a painful and drawn out procedure, which is completely untrue. Not only is it relatively simple and straightforward, it’s also effective in completely eliminating bacterial infection.

If you live in the Denton and nearby Corinth, Lantana, Highland Village, and Ponder, TX areas, Dr. Ruehle can help save your tooth with root canal therapy. Read below to learn more about how you can benefit from this treatment and to schedule an appointment.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a valuable treatment option that preserves an infected tooth by completely removing the bacteria inside the pulp. A cavity that’s left untreated can spread to the inside of your tooth. This can cause symptoms such as an increase in sensitivity as well as discoloration. With enough time, an infected tooth can also put your smile and overall oral health at risk for further complications.

Luckily, Dr. Ruehle and our team can use root canal therapy to prevent your tooth from becoming a threat to your smile. By removing the infected tissue, we’ll be able to save it from extraction and restore the health of your mouth as well.

Symptoms of Root Canal Infection

Root canal treatment may be necessary when the nerves of your tooth have been affected by trauma and decay. It’s important to understand the symptoms so that you can receive immediate care for your infected tooth. Some of the signs include:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Persistent and painful toothaches
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Pain and discomfort while chewing
  • Swollen or tender gums around the tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to call our Denton practice at (940) 566-4888 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ruehle. He’ll be able to assess your case and determine the best course of action for improving your smile.

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Undergoing root canal therapy can seem intimidating. However, the procedure is fairly simple and can be easily completed by our team. Once complete, you’ll be able to experience a variety of benefits. Root canal therapy can allow you to:

  • Chew more easily
  • Bite down normally and without pain
  • Maintain your tooth’s natural appearance
  • Avoid further infection and complications
  • Recover with minimal discomfort

Our dental technology and techniques can make root canal therapy virtually painless.

The Root Canal Therapy Process

ADr. Ruehle and our team can complete your root canal treatment in as little as one appointment at our Denton office. The process for root canal therapy has four distinct steps:

  • X-Rays: Your dentist will begin by taking X-rays of your infected tooth to see the extent of the damage and what course of action would be best for your oral health.
  • Anesthesia: You’ll be provided with local anesthesia during your first appointment so that you won’t feel anything while our team cleans the inside of your tooth. Many patients who have undergone root canal compare it to getting a filling.
  • Pulp Removal: Dr. Ruehle will start the procedure by making a small opening in the tooth to remove the infected pulp. He’ll then thoroughly disinfect the inside of your tooth with the Waterlase laser. This will provide us with the highest level of disinfection.
  • Dental Filling & Crown: Dr. Ruehle will use a filling material to hold the structure of your tooth. After the procedure, he’ll create a custom dental crown that will then be placed over the tooth. This is to keep it safe and strong.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is root canal therapy painful?

Most patients tend to avoid root canal therapy since it has a reputation of being painful. However, the procedure is virtually painless since Dr. Ruehle and our team will apply a local anesthetic. That way, you won’t experience any discomfort or anxiety during your treatment. It’s important to seek treatment if your tooth has become severely infected or sensitive.

How long does root canal therapy take?

Root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment that can last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. This depends on several factors including how many teeth are infected and the severity of your case. During your consultation with Dr. Ruehle, he’ll be able to assess your oral health and give an accurate estimate as to how long your procedure may be.

What is the success rate of root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy has an overall success rate of 98%. Dr. Ruehele uses the latest in dental technology to make sure your root canal treatment is completed without any issues. However, if your tooth infection returns, he may perform a root canal retreatment to remove any lingering bacteria that was missed the first time.

Will insurance cover root canal therapy?

Most insurance companies cover a portion of root canal therapy. Our Denton office recommends contacting your provider to get an accurate understanding of your policy. Dr. Ruehle also will be able to provide you with an estimate of your treatment cost during your initial consultation. For further assistance, you can contact our practice by calling (940) 566-4888.

Gentle & Effective Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a virtually painless procedure that can preserve your severely infected tooth. Dr. Ruehle and our expert staff are dedicated to preserving your oral health and ensuring your teeth are completely healthy.

To learn more about how you can benefit from our treatment options, contact our Denton, TX practice by calling (940) 566-4888 or by filling out an online contact form. We proudly serve patients residing in the Robinson Oaks and Corinth areas.