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Root Canals

With root canal therapy, it’s possible to preserve damaged or decaying teeth and prevent the need for an extraction. At his practice in Terrell, Texas, Wayne T. Fieldsmith, DDS, performs root canals using special tools and anesthesia to ensure a comfortable, pain-free experience. To schedule an appointment, call the office today or click the online booking feature.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

A root canal is an endodontic procedure. Endodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of the pulp –– a soft substance inside each of your teeth that contains nerves and blood vessels. By removing infected or inflamed pulp, Dr. Fieldsmith can save your permanent tooth.

When are root canals needed?

Dr. Fieldsmith uses root canals to address pulp damage caused by:

  • Deep decay from untreated cavities
  • Extensive dental work
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Oral trauma

Common symptoms of pulp damage include swelling, tooth pain, and a sensation of heat in your gums. If you experience these or other similar issues, contact Dr. Fieldsmith right away.

What do root canals involve?

Undergoing a root canal usually takes two visits:

First root canal visit

If Dr. Fieldsmith determines you have damaged or inflamed pulp, he numbs your mouth with an anesthetic and carefully removes the pulp from the center of your tooth. Next, he coats your tooth with a topical antibiotic and fills it with gutta-percha. 

Dr. Fieldsmith takes impressions of your tooth and sends them to a dental laboratory. Then, he puts a temporary crown on top of your tooth.

Second root canal visit

Several weeks later, when the lab completes your permanent crown, you return to the practice. Dr. Fieldsmith replaces your temporary crown with it and bonds it in place. 

Following root canals, what’s the recovery process?

After your root canal, Dr. Fieldsmith provides you with care instructions. 

In the first few days, you may experience increased tooth sensitivity, mild discomfort, and swelling. To speed up the healing process, Dr. Fieldsmith recommends:

  • Eating only soft foods for a few days
  • Brushing and flossing more gently than usual
  • Using a desensitizing toothpaste
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication

If your symptoms last more than a few days or they get worse, contact Dr. Fieldsmith right away.

How long does my crown last?

Crowns typically last 10* years, but it’s possible to extend their use by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Fieldsmith recommends brushing your teeth twice daily and visiting the practice every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.

To see if you might benefit from a root canal, make an appointment at the practice of Wayne T. Fieldsmith, DDS, by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature. 

*Individual results may vary.