Root Canals

Root Canals

A root canal is an important procedure that can save your teeth from potential damage and loss. Most people think of a root canal as having your tooth removed, but it is not simply extracting a tooth. At Arlington Dental Associates, your dentist will work hard to preserve your teeth in any way they can. We use the most advanced technology to keep your teeth as healthy as possible throughout any dental procedures. A dentist in Arlington can perform exams and cleanings as well as extractions, fillings, sinus lifts, dental implants, and TMJ/TMD treatments.

Redefining the Root Canal

By definition, a root canal is the pulp-filled cavity that is in the root of teeth. The procedure of having a root canal involves replacing this pulp when it gets infected with composite material to prevent further infections in the area. Root canals are commonly performed in the United States by licensed dentists everywhere. 

The removal of the pulp from teeth is critical in preventing further inflammation or infection due to irritated pulp. The area can become infected or irritated due to trauma, accidents or injuries, fractures or cracks in the enamel of teeth, or cavities that are deeply embedded into the enamel. If you are experiencing any pain, inflamed tissue around teeth, sensitivity when chewing, or swelling, you should contact a dentist in Arlington to give you an examination and pinpoint the cause of your issues.

When the tooth that is bothering you has been identified along with the cause of your discomfort, your Arlington Dental Associates dental professional will work carefully and precisely to remove whatever tissue is causing your inflammation or irritation from inside the tooth canal while damaging it as little as possible. 

Once the procedure has been completed and the infected or inflamed material has been removed, a filling will be put in place temporarily to keep the area from building up harmful bacteria once again. A permanent filling or a crown must be placed on the affected tooth in order to restore it to full function. The affected tooth should not be chewed on after the procedure, as this could damage the filling or the tooth itself and cause discomfort.