December 31, 2017
Your idea of heaven is to take a trip to the Stock Yards on the weekend for a juicy 20-ounce steak, a baked potato, and a large house salad. But, recently that causes more discomfort than joy. The piping hot steak with butter melted all over it makes your teeth hurt when you bite into it, and the cold vegetables in your salad cause an equal amount of discomfort. You need relief and are looking for answers. Thankfully, your trusted dentist in Plano has a solution for your woes. He says you may need a root canal, and further explains other scenarios that may require procedure.
What Situations Require a Root Canal to Fix?
There are a few signs to be aware of that indicate that you may need a root canal. When you notice any of these conditions, it’s best to contact your dentist immediately. They include:
- Tooth Pain – If you notice significant tooth pain when you bite into food or touch an area, this may be a sign that you need a root canal.
- Increased Sensitivity – You may notice increased sensitivity to temperature changes around a certain tooth.
- Gum Issues – Your gums may become inflamed or excessively sensitive around a particular tooth.
- Discoloration – If you notice a tooth becoming dark over time, you may need a root canal.
What is a Root Canal?
The root canal procedure addresses the above listed problems by going directly to the source of the problem – the root. When you receive a root canal in Plano, your dentist will get you back to normal through a few simple steps.
- X-ray – Your dentist will first take an X-ray or examine existing ones to determine where the tooth decay is.
- Numb the Area – The next step is to numb the area where the procedure will be done.
- Access the Inner Chamber – Your dentist will then access the inner chamber of the tooth and remove the decayed pulp from the canals.
- Replace and Seal – The next step is to replace the pulp with a safe, biocompatible substance, and then seal the area thoroughly.
- Replace the Crown – The final step is to replace your old crown with a new one.
Now you’re back in business and ready to get back to your normal life. As long as you maintain a twice a day routine of brushing and flossing your teeth, along with six-month visits with your dentist, you will be able to enjoy optimum oral dental health for years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Pollard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M University in 1984. He then went to earn his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1988. Dr. Pollard is a member of several professional organizations, including the Texas Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and American Dental Association. He practices at Dental Renaissance Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and can be reached for information about his services through his website.
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