Root canals help to save a tooth when the tissue inside the root canal is infected. Root canals must always be addressed promptly to avoid serious complications, or health problems in the future.
Root canals are required when the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes infected or inflamed. Bacteria or an injury to the tooth are typically the cause of the infection. Root canals are performed to help save a tooth, and are a common procedure done in our office. Serious health problems can develop in the future if root canals are not addressed promptly.
Many patients have symptoms that something is wrong, and they may be in need of a root canal. In some cases patients do not have any symptoms at all, and the issue is found during our regular dental exams. If you think you may be in need of a root canal it is important to contact our office, and schedule an appointment immediately to help avoid serious complications.
Symptoms Indicating You May Need a Root Canal
During the root canal process local anesthesia is used to help keep patients pain free and relaxed. Root canals typically require multiple appointments, and this depends on the severity of the infection. During the procedure the infected pulp is removed, and the area is cleaned out thoroughly.
The area is then sealed and filled to help keep bacteria out. Temporary crowns are used, and are placed over the tooth while patients wait for their custom crown to be installed. In some cases, same day crowns can be made, and temporary crowns are not necessary. Not all root canals require crowns, but most procedures require reinforcement to restore the tooth.
Recovery after a root canal is minimal. Patients may experience some sensitivity or pain after the procedure. The pain should subside after a few days, and the patient can return to normal activity. If the pain is not gone after three days please contact our office for a follow-up visit.
Our team will discuss at home care instructions for recovery before patients leave our office. We recommend using good oral hygiene habits at home, and brushing and flossing daily. Patients should make sure the area is kept clean to avoid infection.
Dr. Daniels graduated from A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, earning a Doctor of Dental Medicine and Masters in Public Health. As part of her course work, she also took advanced training in implantology through Implant Pathway Dental Implant Continuum.
A Grand Prairie Texas native, she earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southern Methodist University and proudly calls Dallas home. From an early age, she’s always loved dentistry and the experience of sitting in the dentist’s chair. Her passion is to provide patients with quality treatment and a great experience, just as she’s always received. Each patient’s dental needs are unique, and Dr. Daniels is committed to offering customized care with compassion.
Dr. Daniels’ vision for the Smile Lounge is to be a place where patients can receive caring, friendly dental service and information on the importance of oral care. She has a heart for volunteerism and will be working within the community to offer oral health awareness and services for those who need it. Dr. Daniels is committed to ensuring her patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care, and for her, dentistry is part science, part heart. She’s looking forward to serving you and your smile.
Dr. Daniels is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
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