Root Canal

Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC

Stephen Brogdon, DDS

General Dentist located in Fort Worth, TX

A toothache that causes intolerable pain and interferes with your ability to eat or sleep may signal an infection or nerve damage in your tooth. At Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC in Fort Worth, Texas, Stephen Brogdon, DDS, performs root canal treatments to restore damaged or diseased teeth. If you think you might need a root canal, call or click online to book an appointment with Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a procedure that repairs and preserves a tooth that’s severely decayed, infected, or has nerve damage.

The term “root canal” also describes the natural cavity inside your tooth. This canal contains your tooth’s nerves and soft tissue called pulp.

If tooth decay is left untreated, the damage can extend all the way to this pulp. If the pulp becomes infected, it can’t heal on its own. An infected tooth is a painful and dangerous condition that weakens your entire immune system.

What are the advantages of a root canal?

Since the only other effective treatment for an infected tooth is extraction, root canal treatments offer the benefit of preserving your tooth. If the diseased tooth remains untreated, the infection could spread all the way to your jaw bone, causing an abscess.

Additionally, a root canal treatment prevents the following negative implications of an infected tooth:

  • Bone loss around the root of your tooth
  • Swelling and inflammation that may spread to your face, neck, or head
  • Drainage into your gums or cheek

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Pain in your tooth is the most common symptom that indicates you need a root canal. Other symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet things
  • Pain when biting down
  • Swelling
  • A bad taste in your mouth

It’s possible to have an infected tooth without any symptoms at all, which is why regular check-ups and preventive care are so essential. The only way to know for sure if you need a root canal is to have a dentist like Dr. Brogdon examine your teeth.

What should I expect from a root canal treatment?

There’s no need to feel anxious about a root canal treatment. The procedure is nothing compared with the pain and danger of leaving your tooth untreated.

First, Dr. Brogdon cleans out the infected pulp and disinfects the cavity within your tooth. Then, he fills in the canal to prevent further infection.

After your root canal, Dr. Brogdon recommends covering the affected tooth with a crown restoration.

If you think you may need a root canal treatment, don’t hesitate to call Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC or book online today.