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Root Canals in McKinney Texas
Root canal therapy is a common procedure to treat a fractured or infected tooth that can help save your tooth from extraction. Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth by a McKinney root canal dentist. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting, filling and sealing it.
The most common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma. Afterwards, the infected and damaged tissue inside the tooth is removed, cleaned out, disinfected, and filled with a rubber-like material to seal them.
Dr. Prida, a root canal specialist, a has years of experience performing root canal therapy. He works to alleviate discomfort, getting you out of pain and saving your tooth. This procedure is completed in a single office visit at our McKinney dental office.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canals are recommended or needed when there is an infection deep within the tooth. Without treatment, infection can become severe enough that the tooth has to be removed or infect the jaw bone. During root canal therapy, special tools are used to enter the affected tooth through its chewing surface. The pulp is removed, and once the canal is cleaned out and disinfected, it's filled with a sterile, rubber-like material that seals the canal to prevent bacteria from re-entering the canal.
The tooth that had root canal therapy is no longer alive and can become brittle. A crown is usually placed over the remaining tooth to maintain its integrity. This tooth can function for a lifetime when cared for properly. Saving the tooth helps maintain healthy bone density. Dr. Prida can perform root canal therapy and place a temporary crown in a single office visit. When your permanent crown is ready, you will come back and Dr. Prida will place it.
Signs Indicating Root Canal Therapy is Needed
- Repeated infections
- Sharp and shooting pain
- Long-lasting throbbing pain that increases in severity
- Dull ache and pressure
- Severe pain when chewing or biting that lasts several minutes
- Long-lasting sensitivity or pain to hot or cold
- The tooth becomes dark or discolored
- Swelling and tenderness of the gum
- White bump on your gum, indicating an abscess (infection & pus)
Taking good care of your teeth and gums is a crucial after a root canal. You may need to schedule an additional visit with your dentist to X-ray the treated tooth and to make sure that all signs of infection are gone, in addition to the twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Prida today.
Dr Ernesto Prida
Your McKinney Dentist
Cosmetic Dentist and General Dentist located in McKinney, TX
Dr. Prida's passion is to not only provide patients with excellent dental services, but also crafting an aesthetically beautiful smile for each person. Since he graduated from dental school, Dr. Prida began to advance his knowledge in cosmetic dental treatments continued education in dentistry. As a general dentist Dr. Prida performs regular teeth cleanings and diagnoses problems that patients have with pain and oral health.