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The #1 Fear – The Dreaded Root Canal

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Almost everyone can speak to the popularity of root canals—no one wants one. Pop culture has taught us to fear and dread this relatively benign procedure. The fact is that needing root canal therapy comes with a good upside: your dentist thinks you can save your natural tooth. And, even better, you’ll soon be out of pain! When you have the option to save your natural tooth, you should always make that your priority. If you’re looking for a caring and compassionate dentist to perform your root canal, you’ve come to the right place. At Prime Time Dentistry, our dental team is here to help you have a beautiful, healthy, and pain-free smile for life.

Why do I need a root canal?

Because an infected tooth hurts, from the initial tingling sensitivity to needing over-the-counter painkillers to make it through a meal, tooth pain is a disaster and can be debilitating. There is no need to stay in pain. Our Frisco dental team can get you out of pain and save your natural tooth. That’s why you need a root canal: nothing looks, functions, or feels like a natural tooth more than a pain-free natural tooth.

When the inside of your tooth, the pulp, is infected and inflamed, your dentist may tell you that you need a root canal. If you damage the pulp of your tooth due to inflammation and infection, avoiding a root canal can be detrimental to your oral health. And, really, the pain? Who wants that? If the condition is left untreated, it can lead to an abscess, which can cause severe periodontal disease and abscessed gums. Getting a root canal can save you from an untreated infection’s pain, consequences, and long-term costs.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Infections of the soft tissue of your tooth often start as relatively minor annoyances. It might just be a sensitivity in a tooth that is easy to ignore and get through with the help of over-the-counter painkillers. However, that minor annoyance can quickly and suddenly become an excruciating and irritating pain in your tooth, jaw, and face. You don’t need to live with the pain or “tough it out”! You really shouldn’t. You should never put off a trip to the dentist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Cracked tooth
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Inflamed or redness in your gums

Letting infection progress and not seeking early intervention can be dangerous. Call Prime Time Dentistry in Frisco today to schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you are experiencing any severe pain or inflammation. We will diagnose you quickly and accurately and, more importantly, get you out of pain.

Benefits of root canal treatment

Needing root canal treatment isn’t a bad thing. The truth is that the pain, swelling, and discomfort we have all associated with a root canal isn’t the result of the procedure but the infection in your tooth itself. Having a root canal will allow you to free yourself from dental pain and begin the process of healing.

  • Get rid of your pain
  • Stop the spread of infection
  • Benefit your overall oral health
  • Avoid more costly restorative treatment
  • Your tooth will look and feel like your natural tooth

Not only does a root canal stop the pain, but it will also save your natural tooth. Keeping your tooth in place will help support long-term oral health, prevent bone loss, and stop the spread of infection, which can be painful and have severe consequences on your oral and overall health.

What happens during root canal procedures?

We fear the root canal instinctively. TV shows and movies have primed us to believe that root canals are painful, scary, and, unbelievably, unhealthy.

The simple fact is that the root canal procedure itself is relatively simple and painless—and healthy. We place a rubber dam around your tooth, numb the gums surrounding your tooth and drill a small hole to access the pulp. Because the nerve ending within your tooth is dead frequently, all you will feel during the procedure is a slight pressure on the tooth itself.

We will then carefully remove the infected tissue, clean the canal, and disinfect the inside of your tooth. Afterward, we will seal it with a rubber-like material. The pain you have been experiencing should subside rapidly, allowing you to return to everyday life quickly. Once the root canal is complete, we’ll restore your tooth with a crown or filling, protecting your natural tooth from infection or further damage.

Are root canals safe?

Yes. Root canals are safe. You don’t have to look far on the internet to find horror stories that would lead you to believe that this procedure is unsafe. However, when appropriately done, a root canal is safe and the best choice you can make for your overall health.

Root canal therapy can save you from serious medical complications and even more pain by preventing the spread of decay and infection from your tooth into your jaw or face.

How much does a root canal cost?

The cost of your root canal will depend on your infection’s severity and the infected tooth’s location. This procedure is a much more cost-effective alternative to worsening the infection and the subsequent extraction and treatments (and pain) accompanying a severe infection.

The good news is most dental insurance plans will contribute to the cost of your root canal. If you are unsure what your insurance will cover, talk to our billing staff to get a realistic picture of your portion of the cost. Our team understands how necessary these procedures are to get you out of pain, your overall health, and your quality of life.

We’re proud to offer alternative financing options. We are here to help you get the care and relief you need at a price you can afford.

Our Frisco dental office is committed to providing you with the highest quality care and comfort. Nothing beats the look and feel of your natural tooth! And nothing beats not being in pain.

Don’t put off saving your natural tooth. If you need a root canal, call our Frisco, TX office at 945-207-7463 to schedule your appointment.