Root Canal Therapy

Recover Tooth Health with a Root Canal in frisco, tx

At Hunt Family Dentistry in Frisco, TX, we understand that the words “root canal” can come with a bit of apprehension. But there’s good news. This common dental procedure doesn’t have to be a source of anxiety. In fact, our skilled dentist team specializes in making root canal therapy as painless and straightforward as possible, focusing on your comfort and peace of mind every step of the way.

What Is a Root Canal?

 

A root canal removes infected or damaged tissue from the inner part of the tooth, all the way down to the roots, hence the name. Your pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that can become inflamed or infected due to decay, cracks, or trauma. The steps of the root canal procedure:

  1. Dr. Hunt removes the affected pulp, and then cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth. 
  2. Next, he fills and seals your tooth with a body-compatible material like gutta-percha to prevent further infection. 
  3. Finally, our dental team restores your tooth with a dental filling or dental crown for protection and to restore its normal function.

This entire process not only relieves the pain caused by inflammation and infection, but also preserves your existing tooth. Root canals maintain your smile, avoid bone loss, and defend your oral health.

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the Rundown on Root Canal Pain

Contrary to common belief, modern root canal treatments are generally painless and have a high rate of success. Thanks to our modern techniques, needle-free Comfort-in™ anesthetic injectors, and effective sedation dentistry options, we can perform root canals with minimal discomfort. Our patients often report that they feel immediate relief from toothaches, and most experiences are comparable to having a filling placed. While some pain is natural after your anesthetic wears off, we help you manage the pain and give you thorough aftercare instructions. Your tooth can continue to function like any other tooth for many years. 

What Is a Pulpectomy and How Does It Differ from a Root Canal?

Though both pulpectomies and root canal treatments are dental procedures aimed at relieving pain and saving a tooth from extraction, they serve slightly different purposes and are used in different situations. Ultimately, our root canal therapy is a thorough and permanent solution aimed at saving the tooth and preventing future dental problems.

  • Pulpotomy: This involves removing diseased pulp tissue within the crown portion of a child’s tooth, leaving the root’s pulp intact. We preserve the tooth until it naturally falls out or until the root has fully developed for more comprehensive treatment.
  • Pulpectomy: Often the preliminary step to root canal therapy, pulpectomies involve removing diseased or damaged pulp from the crown portion of the tooth. We then either seal the tooth or move forward with additional treatment. 
  • Root Canal: A more comprehensive procedure, root canals fully remove the infected or inflamed pulp from both the crown and roots of the tooth. We then replace the pulp with a safe material and seal the tooth. 



Get Healthy Teeth Down to the Roots

Don’t let the root canal’s reputation deter you from this pain-relieving procedure. At Hunt Family Dentistry, your health and comfort are our top priorities. We prioritize your well-being, ensuring that you’re informed and at ease from initial consultation to post-treatment care. If you’re experiencing dental pain or have been told you might need a root canal, please reach out to us. We’re ready to restore your oral health and help you smile again, without discomfort or fear. Schedule by calling (469) 269-0997 or booking online.