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Saving teeth with root canal treatment in Allen, TX

“Can my teeth be saved?” That is one of the first questions many people ask when they come to our Allen, TX dental practice. Very often the answer is yes, with the help of endodontic therapy. You might not be familiar with that term, but chances are you’ve heard of the procedure by its more common name – root canal treatment.

The truth about root canal therapy  

If the thought of getting a root canal makes you shudder, we understand. It may be the most feared procedure in dentistry. We have some good news for you: those fears are rooted in myths, misconceptions, and very outdated ideas of what endodontic treatment entails. Ironically, the most prevalent myth is that root canals cause pain, when the exact opposite is true.

What does a root canal treatment accomplish?

  • Stops the pain
  • Saves your natural tooth
  • Removes infection
  • Restores oral health

About the procedure

Root canal therapy is very precise and efficient. The process is like a cavity filling, except deeper within the tooth. First your dentist will numb the area, then create a small opening in the upper part of the tooth. Specialized tools are used to remove damaged tissue and infection inside the tooth, and then it is sterilized. The root canal is then filled and sealed. Lastly, the tooth will be restored with a beautiful porcelain crown.

Do you need root canal therapy?

The answer depends on the condition of dental pulp, which is the nerves and other soft tissues inside your tooth. Of course, you can’t look in the mirror and see if it is damaged or infected, so you need a dental examination to know for sure. However, there are some good indications that root canal therapy might be needed. These include:

  • Abscess, pimple, or sore on the gums
  • Pain, tenderness, and swelling of gum tissue
  • Darkening of the tooth, while other teeth are unaffected
  • Pain that is triggered by hot or cold foods
  • Chronic or recurrent toothache, especially when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth

The worst thing you can do is delay treatment. If you need root canal therapy, the pain will only get worse the longer you wait. Furthermore, decay spreads, so if it hasn’t reached the pulp yet, it probably will soon. That means postponing treatment could cause you to need a root canal. Call us today at (469) 293-2007.

Dr. Tiplea
Dr. Michael Tiplea is a dreamer who is focused on helping you shape, craft, and achieve your smile dreams! As a leading dentist in Allen, TX, Dr. Tiplea has a vast and successful track record in creating healthy and brilliant smiles for his patients. Hailing from Romania, Dr. Tiplea graduated from dental school in his native country in 2004. He then moved to the US to pursue his dreams! Having graduated from the University of Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2011, Dr. Tiplea continued his education at Hornbrook, Pankey, Dawson, and Spears. Having received certifications and accreditations including Invisalign certification, Oral Sedation Level, IV Sedation provided by a 3rd Party, Dr. Tiplea is currently pursuing his accreditation with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. At Allen Dental Studio, he strives to provide patients with a range of dental services under one roof. Whether it is sedation dentistry, general dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics, Dr. Tiplea has a solution for you!