Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth by a root canal dentist. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting, filling and sealing it. The most common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma. Dr. Prida, a root canal dentist, a has years of experience performing root canal therapy. He works to alleviate discomfort, getting you out of pain and saving your tooth. This procedure is completed in a single office visit at our McKinney dental office.
What is Root Canal Therapy
Root canals are recommended or needed when there is an infection deep within the tooth. Without treatment, infection can become severe enough that the tooth has to be removed or infect the jaw bone.
During root canal therapy, special tools are used to enter the affected tooth through its chewing surface. The pulp is removed, and once the canal is cleaned out and disinfected, it’s filled with a sterile, rubber-like material that seals the canal to prevent bacteria from re-entering the canal.
The tooth that had root canal therapy is no longer alive and can become brittle. A crown is usually placed over the remaining tooth to maintain its integrity. This tooth can function for a lifetime when cared for properly. Saving the tooth helps maintain healthy bone density. Dr. Prida can perform root canal therapy and place a temporary crown in a single office visit. When your permanent crown is ready, you will come back and Dr. Prida will place it.
Signs Indicating Root Canal Therapy is Needed
- Repeated infections
- Sharp and shooting pain
- Long-lasting throbbing pain that increases in severity
- Dull ache and pressure
- Severe pain when chewing or biting that lasts several minutes
- Long-lasting sensitivity or pain to hot or cold
- The tooth becomes dark or discolored
- Swelling and tenderness of the gum
- White bump on your gum, indicating an abscess (infection & pus)
Taking good care of your teeth and gums is a crucial after a root canal. You may need to schedule an additional visit with your dentist to X-ray the treated tooth and to make sure that all signs of infection are gone, in addition to the twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams. Schedule your appointment today.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING
"Dr. Prida and his staff were amazing, my exam and cleaning went perfectly and I would recommend this Stone Lodge Dental to anyone who asks... Beautiful office and friendly staff!!"
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"The staff at Stone Lodge Dental are the most awesome folks you will ever meet, The whole crew was supportive during the process and post procedure to my 4 year old. I can't thank them enough for the care they provided."
"I'm beyond pleased with the staff at Stone Lodge Dental. The staff treated my kids and I with kindness . They made us feel like part of the family and made my son's wish come true . Dr. Prida fixed my son's teeth and now he can smile again. Thank you! I highly recommend anyone to come to Stone Lodge Dental. I'm one happy mamma!"
"I had my teeth removed and fillings done by Dr. Prida. He was very professional, his staff is great and his services are reasonable. I would recommend using him for any of your dental needs."
"I loved my experience! It was my first time going to the dentist in almost 4 years, so I was a little nervous. When I got there they made me feel so comfortable. Definately making this my go to Dentist. Thanks Dr. Prida and staff!"
$99 NEW PATIENT EXAM AND CLEANING*
We welcome you to come in for a New Patient Exam & Cleaning and receive a comprehensive oral exam, X-rays, consultation and more. Call 214-613-1500 to schedule your visit today. Your exam includes:
- Comprehensive oral exam
- Any necessary X-rays
- Consultation with the doctor
- Healthy mouth cleaning*
- Oral cancer screening
*For new patients only. In the absence of gum disease (must have a healthy mouth).