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Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a common dental procedure that treats harmful infections inside your tooth. The pulp inside your tooth can develop an infection if you fail to practice good oral health habits or due to an injury.

To perform the procedure, Dr. Salim first accesses the pulp inside your tooth. Next, he removes the infected material before resealing your tooth.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Severe tooth pain or sensitivity is one of the most common signs of an infection that requires a root canal. If these signs last longer than a few days, immediately make an appointment at Gorgeous Smile to obtain Dr. Salim’s professional opinion to determine whether your tooth has an infection.

Delaying a get root canal when you have infected pulp can result in losing the affected tooth.

What does a root canal involve?

Dr. Salim performs root canal treatment with sedation and numbs the treatment area, limits any discomfort during the procedure.

He starts by using a small surgical drill to create a hole in the top of your tooth, where he accesses the pulp at the tooth’s center. Next, he carefully removes the infected pulp and cleans out the inner parts of your tooth.

After removing the infection, he reseals your tooth with a rubber-like material. In most cases, Dr. Salim may place a dental crown on top of the treated tooth to provide added protection. A dental crown helps restore a tooth that has undergone a root canal to optimal health and prevents further damage.

A few weeks after your procedure, you come in for a follow-up appointment, where Dr. Salim assesses your tooth to ensure all signs of infection are gone.
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Is a root canal painful?

No. The infection in your pulp is the cause of your painful symptoms. A root canal relieves your pain. Without a root canal, your pain and discomfort only get worse. Additionally, Dr. Salim may use sedation to make your root canal more comfortable, depending on the specifics of your condition and your preferences.

If you think you might need a root canal to address an infection, call or schedule an appointment online today.

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Root Canals FAQs

Where can I find the best Arlington endodontics?

You can find the best Arlington endodontics at Gorgeous Smile Arlington!

Why do I have to see a root canal specialist?

A root canal specialist is a great person to go to especially if you need a deep tooth treatment. They focus on severe tooth pain, saving damaged teeth, and performing root canal procedures.

Is a root canal better than tooth extraction?

A root canal has a better success rate than a tooth extraction as there are little to no future complications associated with the procedure.

What should I expect after a root canal treatment?

A root canal treatment involves sedation that limits any discomfort during the procedures. Dr. Salim will start using a small surgical drill to create a hole in the top of your tooth, where he can access the pulp at the tooth’s center. If you want to read more, just click this link.

How painful is a root canal?

No, root canal is not painful. If any, the infection in your pulp is the cause of your painful symptoms.

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