Root Canal Therapy in Haslet, TX

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What is root canal therapy?

If detected early on, tooth decay is addressed with a standard filling or something similar to remove the decay and close off the area. But when the decay spreads beyond the outer tooth and affects the inner portion of the tooth, you will likely need a root canal. Often called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Riley Dental removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Dr. Luke Riley may recommend this therapy to individuals in Haslet, TX and the surrounding area because it treats the infection and keeps the decay from moving to other teeth (creating a larger issue).

We understand that you might have reservations about the procedure, even if you believe you could benefit from root canal therapy. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often avoid going to the dentist to address tooth pain because of common dental fears. Dr. Riley and his staff make their best effort to help you feel at ease and comfortable, and we also provide sedation for any fear and anxiety. Call Riley Dental to set up a consult with Dr. Riley for more information on root canal therapy and sedation dentistry.

What are the benefits?

The pain and infection from root canals can be debilitating to our Haslet, TX patients. At Riley Dental, our root canal therapy option allows us to provide patients suffering from root canals with many benefits, some including:

  • Sedated treatment that eases your discomfort and anxiety
  • Permanent solution that stops the spread of infection and damage
  • Potential for dental insurance to assist with treatment
  • Multiple options for restoring or saving your tooth structure

am i a candidate for root canal therapy?

An infection that reaches the pulp of your tooth may be the result of a cavity, a deep crack in the tooth, or a physical injury. The most obvious signs that you could have an infection are tooth pain, jaw pain, swollen and discolored gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infection is not addressed, the infection will spread, causing increased pain. Set up an appointment at Riley Dental right away if you feel or notice any changes in your mouth. If you have reservations or fears about going to the dentist, don't hesitate to ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental appointments.

how does root canal therapy work?

Prior to the treatment, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed with Dr. Riley. We do not want you to feel nervous, anxious, or scared during your appointment. Some individuals ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation for a root canal. Dr. Riley is very sympathetic about dental fear and will try to help you make the necessary decision about your sedation needs.

To perform an endodontic procedure, Dr. Riley will examine the innermost part of your tooth and extract the decayed pulp. Afterward, the inner chamber will be carefully cleaned to eliminate any remaining decay. To finalize the therapy, the tooth is filled with a dental filler to seal and protect it from further decay.

If, after your consultation, Dr. Riley determines that you are experiencing a failing previous root canal, he will refer you to a specialist with extra experience in saving teeth on the verge of being lost.

how long is recovery after a root canal?

After your root canal procedure, you should expect your mouth to feel tender or swollen, but these are normal symptoms and can be reduced with anti-inflammatory medications. We recommend that you set up a follow-up about six months post-procedure. Dr. Riley will examine the area to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that there is no cause for concern. Afterward, you should continue to schedule yearly dental checkups and twice-yearly dental cleanings to maintain your oral health.

Does insurance cover a root canal?

At your consultation, Dr. Riley will give you cost estimates to align your treatments with your health needs and your budget. If you currently carry dental insurance, we will call your provider to figure out your benefits. If you do not have dental insurance, Riley Dental takes several payment methods and and offers several payment plans. We can also assist you with financing via CareCredit.

Root Canal Therapy FAQ

Does root canal therapy hurt?
The most common concern about having a root canal done is if it will hurt, but most patients at Riley Dental do not find the procedure painful. Dr. Riley combines experience with multiple sedation options to calm anxiety and effective anesthetics to completely numb the treatment area, ensuring his patients are comfortable throughout every procedure. If you have any concerns about pain during a root canal procedure, feel free to talk to Dr. Riley during your consultation.

How long does a root canal usually take?
It depends on your dental needs. In general, most patients can expect a root canal therapy procedure to take about 45 – 60 minutes. More involved procedures can take up to 90 minutes.

How long does a root canal last?
Most root canals will last up to ten years, depending on your oral health. If the tooth is fitted with a crown it can last much longer, often up to 15 years or longer.

Can I eat normally after a root canal procedure?
Dr. Riley advises that you should avoid eating until the numbness wears off to prevent accidentally biting your cheek or tongue. Once the numbness subsides, it's best to stick to soft foods for a few days. Foods like yogurt, applesauce, and scrambled eggs are good choices. Avoid hard, chewy, or sticky foods to protect the treated tooth.

What should I do if I notice swelling or discomfort after the procedure?
Experiencing mild discomfort or swelling after a root canal is not uncommon. If you notice any swelling, applying a cold compress to the outside of your cheek can help reduce it. Over-the-counter pain relievers are often effective in managing discomfort. However, if the pain or swelling persists or worsens, it's important to contact Dr. Riley immediately for further guidance and care.

Will my tooth look different after a root canal?
Typically, the tooth may not look different immediately after the procedure. During your visit to Riley Dental, Dr. Riley will discuss these options with you and help you choose the best treatment for your needs.

Preserve your smile

Due to advancements in the dental industry, a root canal can be a quick, simple procedure to treat an infected tooth. In conjunction with your choice of sedation, your root canal at Riley Dental can be free from discomfort to avoid further tooth pain and more serious complications. Call our staff in Haslet, TX to set up a consult with Dr. Riley to learn more about root canal therapy and to improve your dental health.

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