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How Do You Know if You Need Root Canal Therapy? Vital Information from Dr. Ryan Thomas

September 12, 2014

178067655You do your best to take care of your smile, brushing and flossing regularly to prevent common issues like cavities and gum disease. Unfortunately, even patients who diligently adhere to an at-home oral hygiene routine are susceptible to problems like tooth decay and dental injury. In some cases, an unnoticed cavity or tooth fracture may lead to an infection deep beneath the enamel. The resultant root infection can cause immense pain and compromise the tooth as a whole. At Highland Village Family Dentistry in Highland Village, TX, Dr. Ryan Thomas and his team genuinely care about preserving the integrity of your natural dentition, offering a wide range of conservative, restorative dentistry options to help you maintain your smile. In the case of a root infection, root canal therapy may be recommended in order to save the affected tooth.

How Does Root Canal Therapy Help?

Deep within the roots of each of our teeth is a center chamber that contains blood vessels and nerves. This material is called the pulp, and it is vital to the life of the tooth. When decay from the outside surfaces of a tooth reaches the pulp, the health and structural integrity of the tooth are compromised. In order to prevent the need for extraction, root canal therapy is performed.

During root canal therapy, the infected pulp is removed and the cavity that remains is thoroughly cleansed to remove all traces of bacteria. The area is then filled with biocompatible material called gutta-percha. The treated tooth is capped with a dental crown to prevent further infection. The dental crowns used at Highland Village Family Dentistry are custom-fitted and meticulously crafted for optimal comfort and aesthetic appeal. Porcelain crowns are used for teeth that are visible when you smile, ensuring a natural, lifelike appearance.

Protect and Preserve Your Smile

If you or someone in your family is suffering from the common symptoms of a root canal infection, please do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas. Successful treatment is contingent upon how promptly the infection is treated, so don’t delay. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Highland Village, TX warmly welcomes patients from throughout the DFW Metroplex, including Flower Mound, Prosper, Lantana, Argyle, The Colony, Lewisville, Plano, Frisco, and beyond.

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