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Why Choose Shwarts Family Dentistry for Root Canal Therapy?

  • Sedation Dentistry Makes Every Procedure Comfortable
  • Friendly & Skilled Team Who Treats Every Patient Like Family
  • Same-Day Appointments Available for Patients in Pain

What is a Root Canal?

A female patient having a root canal

It is the goal of Dr. Shwarts to help his patients keep their natural teeth. No matter how severely damaged or decayed, if it is possible, he will take every measure and precaution to ensure your natural teeth stay in place. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and a tooth extraction is the only reliable and effective treatment. However, if there is even a shred of hope that a root canal in Richardson can save your tooth, you can expect him to act.

Whether the pain and infection are caused by poor oral hygiene or a tooth-related injury, a root canal is necessary when severe decay or damage has reached the inner portion of the tooth. Made up of several layers, your tooth’s innermost layer is called “the pulp.” When this becomes infected, it is imperative that your dentist cleans it out and restore your tooth with a dental crown to protect it from further infection. 

Who is a Good Candidate for a Root Canal?

A woman holding her cheek in pain

Individuals who have any of the following can expect Dr. Shwarts to recommend a root canal:

  • Severe decay
  • Cracks or chips in the tooth
  • A faulty dental crown
  • A weakened tooth caused by multiple dental procedures

What to Expect During a Root Canal

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If you come to see Dr. Shwarts with an aching tooth, he’ll perform an exam, and if he determines that you need a root canal, the treatment will involve the following steps:

At a follow-up appointment, Dr. Shwarts may choose to rebuild the tooth further with a dental crown. Because he uses the latest techniques and analgesics, most patients report feeling practically nothing during the procedure and enjoy immediate relief.

  • He’ll start by numbing the tooth and surrounding gums using a local anesthetic
  • Once you can’t feel anything, he’ll make a small hole in the enamel
  • He’ll remove the infected pulp
  • He’ll gently clean the inside of the tooth and sanitize it
  • The tooth will be filled and then covered with a restoration

The Overall Benefits of a Root Canal

The most noticeable benefit is the feeling of relief. Many people have the misconception that root canals are painful, but in fact, it is the infection that is causing the pain. A root canal actually removes that particular feeling once the infection is cleaned out.

Other benefits of having a root canal include:

  • Saving your natural tooth from extraction and future dental work
  • Less uncomfortable than a tooth extraction
  • The tooth restoration looks natural, so your smile maintains a beautiful appearance

Aftercare Tips

After receiving root canal therapy, there are a few tips you should follow to ensure you heal properly:

  • Take any antibiotics or pain medicines as instructed.
  • Be aware that you will have some sensitivity immediately after surgery. This is due to inflammation.
  • Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth that had surgery.
  • Continue to maintain a good oral hygiene routine but be gentle with the injured tooth.