About Root Canal Therapy
A state-of-the-art dental practice, MINT dentistry provides advanced treatments for many complex concerns. We want to give you a dazzling smile, which begins with a healthy mouth. Our team of board-certified doctors and dental professionals at our practice in Lake Worth, TX offers root canal therapy to treat an infected tooth in situations where a dental filling is no longer a viable option. Also called an endodontic treatment, a root canal removes the infection from the pulp, which keeps the decay from spreading to other teeth. The MINT dentistry team is aware of the fear that many people feel when faced with a root canal. However, we want you to rest assured that we understand, which is why we prioritize your comfort by utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to complete your therapy with accuracy. Our office also offers several sedation options to ease anxiety so you remain relaxed. We invite you to schedule an exam and consultation at MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX to find out more about how a root canal can restore your oral health.
The interior of a tooth can become infected through an untreated cavity, a physical trauma, or a crack in the enamel. Some of the most common signs that you may have a tooth that needs a root canal are a toothache, inflamed gum tissue, and discoloration. If the tooth isn't treated, it will become increasingly painful once the infection spreads to nearby teeth and your bloodstream.
What to Expect
To begin your root canal therapy, we will ask you to relax in a massaging treatment chair where you can put on a pair of our MINT dentistry sunglasses and be offered a pair of our Beats headphones. We want you to feel relaxed so your doctor will help you select the appropriate sedation method for the procedure. Patients usually prefer oral-conscious or nitrous oxide gas for sedation to help them remain comfortable during a root canal. During an endodontic procedure, your doctor will carefully remove the pulp utilizing advanced equipment and techniques. From there, the inside of the empty chamber will be sterilized to remove any lingering debris. Once the tooth is cleaned, we will fill it with a special material to seal and protect the tooth. Usually, a crown will be placed over the treated tooth for protection and strength.
If sedation was used, we may require that you ask a responsible adult drive you home after your root canal therapy. Your mouth might feel sensitive or swollen for a few days, which is why your dentist may prescribe a pain reliever. You need to schedule another appointment six months after your procedure. We will ensure your tooth has healed and the infection is gone. After that, you should schedule cleanings and exams so your dentist can continue to monitor your teeth.
The MINT Commitment
At your initial consultation, your dentist will talk about how much different root canal therapy options will cost so we can make your treatment fit your budget, as well as your needs. If you are using dental insurance, we will reach out to your provider to understand the benefits of your policy. If you do not have insurance, our office accepts many methods of payment and we can help you find low-interest medical financing. Ask for more information on our MINT Discount Plan to learn how we make it easier to afford regular dental care and treatments, like root canal therapy.
Thanks to advances in dental technologies and techniques, root canal therapy is a quick, easy process to stop an infection inside a tooth. Combined with different levels of sedation, your root canal at MINT dentistry can be comfortable while saving you from pain or more advanced procedures. Contact MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX to schedule a consultation to get more information on your different treatment options with a root canal.