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(432) 684-7424 Robert E. Christensen, DDS
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2303 W Louisiana Ave Midland, TX 79701

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Root Canal Therapy – Midland, TX

Stopping the Spread of Infection

When people hear the words “root canal,” they automatically cringe. Unfortunately, myths and misinformation have led people to believe this type of treatment is extremely painful when in fact, it is designed to get rid of the pain and provide patients with much-deserved relief. When teeth are severely decayed or damaged and an infection reaches the inner layers, root canals in Midland are the only way to ensure a patient keeps their natural teeth. Dr. Christensen is highly skilled at performing such procedures, effectively removing the decayed portion and providing the tooth with the added protection it needs to keep infection. To learn more about this tooth-saving treatment, contact our office today.

Who is a Good Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?

The inner layers of an infected tooth

Oftentimes, deciphering between a regular toothache and one that is in need of a root canal can be difficult; however, there are ways you can tell if a tooth needs this type of therapy:

  • You have increased sensitivity when eating or drinking items that are hot or cold
  • A fever develops
  • Pimple-like sores develop on your gums near the infected tooth
  • You have difficulty chewing or biting
  • The side of your face with the infected tooth becomes swollen

Whether damaged by a sports-related injury or fall, or your oral hygiene habits aren’t up to par, the symptoms listed above are all signs that damage or decay has reached the innermost layer of your tooth, the pulp.

When this happens, you need to call our office immediately. Your dentist in Midland can examine the injured tooth and determine if a root canal is the appropriate method of treatment. While it is the goal to save the tooth, if damage or decay is too severe, the only viable option may be to extract it.

What Happens During the Procedure?

A woman having her teeth checked during a dental appointment

When preparing for a root canal, you can expect Dr. Christensen and your dental team to answer any questions or concerns you have prior to surgery. Once you are in the dentist chair, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.

Using a dental dam, which is a sheet of rubber, he will isolate the injured tooth. With specialized tools, he will begin by creating a small opening in the crown of the tooth before cleaning out the damaged pulp from inside the tooth. Once the inner portion is cleared and shaped accordingly, he will irrigate it to flush out any remaining pulp.

Dr. Christensen will then use what is known as “gutta percha” to fill the tooth. This rubber-like substance will seal the tooth, protecting it from further reinfection. Lastly, he will place a temporary dental crown over the weakened tooth, giving it additional protection. Your permanent crown will be placed a few weeks after your procedure.

What Are the Overall Benefits?

A dental dam is used for a root canal procedure

If you are concerned that a root canal isn’t the best method of treatment, allow us to share the many benefits this type of restorative care can offer:

  • It allows you to keep your natural tooth instead of having it extracted.
  • Not only is it safe and effective, but it is also cost-effective.
  • You can expect to experience no pain during the procedure.
  • The restoration you’ll receive is customized to match the color, size, and shape of your tooth, giving you a beautifully blended smile.