Root Canal Therapy – Tyler, TX
The Answer to Severe Tooth Pain
Do you have persistent pain in your tooth? If this discomfort is severe, it may be a sign of a tooth infection. You’ll need to see Dr. Stansbury as soon as possible to prevent the infection from spreading and compromising your overall oral health. Call us immediately to find out if you’re in need of root canal therapy from our Tyler, TX dental office.
Why Choose Stansbury Dental for Root Canal Therapy?
- Success Rate of Over 95%!
- Rescue Badly Injured & Infected Teeth From Extraction
- Sedation Dentistry & Painless Anesthesia Delivery with The Wand Available
Anatomy Of The Tooth
Your teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components which are commonly referred to as the nerve of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These infamous root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials through the blood stream.
A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill these delicate tissues, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see Dennis E. Stansbury, DDS in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. Otherwise, it will need to be extracted and substituted with a tooth replacement from our restorative dentistry team.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Many of our root canal therapy patients worry that the procedure is a painful one, but that isn’t the case. In fact, the entire process can be so comfortable that many Tyler patients doze off. Oftentimes, treatment can be completed in a single appointment to Dr. Stansbury’s office.
We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a tooth-colored dental composite, and seal it from further infection. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Dr. Stansbury will recommend diligent at-home care and regular follow-up visits at our Tyler office to maintain a healthy and vibrant smile.
Dr. Dennis Stansbury and our team look forward to building a lasting relationship with you and your family. Our comprehensive services are designed to meet the diverse needs of our patients. Call our Tyler dental office today at (903) 508-4207 to schedule your root canal therapy appointment with our experienced restorative dentist. We see patients from Tyler, Flint, Kilgore, Lindale, and other close Texas communities.
Root Canal FAQs
Although root canals are often feared, the truth is that they're much easier than you would expect, especially when done by an experienced dentist like Dr. Stansbury. Not to mention that a root canal will save an infected, painful tooth from needing to be removed. But, with that said, we understand that you may still have questions. Keep reading for answers to several FAQ's we often hear and feel free to contact us anytime if there's anything else you'd like to know. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to feel comfortable before your procedure!
Do I Need a Root Canal?
While each case is unique, here are some common symptoms you may notice if you need a root canal:
- You have severe tooth pain that gets worse when you chew or bite down on something.
- You have pain that lingers for more than 5-10 seconds after your tooth is exposed to hot or cold.
- You notice a pimple-like bump on your gums or swelling in your face (these are both signs of an infection).
- You have a toothache that prevents you from eating, sleeping, or going to work.
It's also important to note that, in relatively rare cases, the nerve of an infected tooth can actually die on its own without causing much pain. However, a root canal is still necessary to take care of the infection and prevent it from spreading.
Is a Root Canal Better Than an Extraction?
In most cases, yes. While Dr. Stansbury evaluates each patient before making a recommendation, there are several reasons why he usually recommends saving a tooth rather than having it removed. First, leaving an empty space after an extraction leads to other dental problems down the road such as bite alignment issues, uneven wear, and cavities and gum problems on the remaining teeth.
Second, although there are wonderful replacement options such as dental implants, nothing will feel or function quite like your own teeth. And once they're gone, they're gone!
What Should I Expect After a Root Canal?
It's not uncommon to have some mild tenderness or sensitivity for a few days after a root canal. Here are some aftercare tips to help you recover comfortably:
- Any post-procedure discomfort is usually well-managed with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. It's especially helpful to take your first dose immediately after your procedure, before the numbing wears off.
- It's important to keep everything clean, so brush gently but thoroughly at least twice a day and floss once. You may also want to use an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day as well.
- If you have pain that gets worse or persists beyond the first few days, give us a call right away.
Also, keep in mind that a root canal removes the blood supply of a tooth, so it will be somewhat weaker and more prone to breaking than it was before. A dental crown will restore your tooth's strength and is almost always recommended in the weeks or months following a root canal. Until that's done, chew on the opposite side of your mouth and be careful with hard or crunchy foods.
Does Insurance Cover Root Canals?
Most dental insurance plans cover root canals at around 50% after the deductible has been met. However, plans vary quite a bit, so be sure to check your individual benefits. And if you have any questions, give us a call and we'll be happy to explain your coverage.
If you don't have insurance, we also accept CareCredit, a third-party financing option that allows you to make low or no-interest monthly payments.
What Will Happen If I Choose Not To Have a Root Canal?
If you choose not to have a root canal, you're at high risk for a severe toothache and/or an infection that spreads and becomes worse. Sadly, there have actually been cases in which dental infections have been fatal after spreading to the brain. And while you always have the option of having your tooth extracted, we only recommend that as a last resort.