Root Canal or Endodontics
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure that is done in order to clear out infection and protect the tooth from any future problems. This is perhaps one of the most misunderstood procedures in dentistry, as many people envision a painful, invasive surgery. However, root canal therapy has undergone numerous important advancements and is today both minimally invasive and typically pain-free. Over the years we have seen many important advancements in dental technology, some of which have dramatically impacted the way in which we perform various procedures, including root canal therapy. Here at Premier Smiles, Dr. Ron Katyal and his entire North Dallas team strive to provide painless dentistry. When you choose Dr. Katyal as your dentist, you can rest assured that he will not recommend anything that is not absolutely necessary for your oral health.
When it comes to root canal therapy, many people do not fully understand what this procedure entails. Root canal therapy may be necessary if a tooth has cracked or has a deep cavity, as bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and lead to an infection (abscess) deep inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess can form, leading to a very painful situation. When the pulp inside the tooth becomes damaged or compromised in any way and is not treated, it can not on;y be painful, but it can cause damage to the bone around the tooth as well. For this reason alone, it is imperative that you seek dental care if you are in any pain or believe you have an infection. Dr. Katyal has been working in the fields of both cosmetic and family dentistry for more than 18 years and has performed countless pain-free root canals.
Do I need Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy requires Dr. Katyal to open up the tooth, remove the damaged pulp, and then clean, shape, fill, and seal the tooth. While this may seem like a daunting and lengthy procedure, the technology involved has made it rather quick. It is important to keep in mind that the extent of the treatment will depend largely on the infection and how long the area has been compromised. If the infected pulp is left unremoved, it can cause pain and swelling, and in some extreme cases the entire tooth will need to be extracted.
There are many different reasons Dr. Katyal may recommend root canal therapy, including the following:
- You have a deep cavity
- You have a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth
- You have sustained an injury or trauma to the tooth
- You have undergone repetitive dental procedures, which have lead to damage to the tooth
Root canal therapy is quite common and performed at Premier Smiles on a regular basis. Dr. Katyal will do everything in his power to ensure you understand his recommendation – such as root canal therapy – and then proceed accordingly. We understand that this type of treatment comes with a stigma, something we are working hard to disprove. We believe in educating our patients and working closely with them to ensure they fully understand the ‘why’ behind the treatment Dr. Katyal suggests. As a family dentist, we believe in honest pricing and treat every patient as if they were our own family member. We know that going to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to do, which is why we will do everything we can to make your experience a comfortable one. Dr. Katyal focuses on building and maintaining relationships with his patients and will go above and beyond to ensure all needs are met and any questions are answered.