If detected early on, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or a similar procedure to clean the enamel and seal the area. However, if the decay spreads past the enamel and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, you will likely need a root canal. Often called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then uses a filling material to seal the tooth. Experienced dentist Dr. James Peterson recommends a root canal procedure to Coppell, TX individuals because it not only treats the infected tooth, it prevents the decay from moving to other teeth (creating a larger issue). Contact James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to set up a consultation with Dr. Peterson to learn more about root canals.
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An infection in the pulp of a tooth may be caused by a cavity, deep crack in the tooth, or a physical trauma. The most obvious signs that you could have an infection are tooth or jaw pain, swelling or discoloration of the gums around the tooth, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infection is not addressed, the infection will spread, causing increased pain. Schedule an appointment at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry right away if you feel or notice something abnormal in your mouth. If you have anxieties and fears about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable during your dental appointments.
What To Expect
During an endodontic procedure, Dr. Peterson will assess the inner chamber of your tooth and extract the decayed pulp. Afterward, the inside of the empty chamber will be carefully sterilized to remove leftover decay. To finalize the therapy, the tooth will be filled with a special material to seal and protect the tooth.
We recommend that you set up a follow-up appointment six months after your root canal. Dr. Peterson will check to make sure the infection has been eradicated and that your mouth has healed properly. After that, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to advancements in the dental industry, root canals can be a fast, easy procedure to treat an infected tooth. Your root canal at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can be comfortable and save you from tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our staff in Coppell, TX to set up a consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Peterson for more information on root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.