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 Radiant Dental Care removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then fills and seals the tooth. Dr. William Shattuck 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. Shattuck 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 Radiant Dental Care to set up a consult with Dr. Shattuck for more information on root canal therapy and sedation dentistry.
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 Radiant Dental Care 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.
What To Expect
Prior to the treatment, your anesthetic/sedation options will be discussed with Dr. Shattuck. 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. Shattuck 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. Shattuck 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. Shattuck 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.
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. Shattuck 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.
At your consultation, Dr. Shattuck 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, Radiant Dental Care takes several payment methods and and offers several payment plans. We can also assist you with financing via CareCredit.
Root Canal Therapy
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 Radiant Dental Care 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. Shattuck to learn more about root canal therapy and to improve your dental health.