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Root Canal Therapy – Midland, TX

Stop Your Tooth Infection
from Spreading

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Do you have a severe toothache that’s accompanied by swelling or a fever? It could mean that your tooth has become severely infected. If it’s left alone, the infection could spread to other areas; you might also need to have the tooth extracted. Fortunately, in many cases root canal therapy can be used to remove the source of the infection, saving the tooth and preventing further damage. Contact Dr. Courter’s dental office today if you’ve noticed severe oral pain that won’t go away we'll help with root canal therapy in Midland, TX.

Why Choose Dr. Michael Courter for Root Canal Therapy?

  • Save Your Natural Teeth
  • Treatment from a Caring Dentist
  • Natural-Looking Crowns Available

Will Root Canal Therapy Hurt?

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It’s a common myth that root canal therapy is particularly painful; in truth, many patients have said that it’s no worse than getting a filling. We can use modern tools and techniques to make sure you stay as comfortable as possible during the therapy. For example, we can use different forms of dental sedation to keep you calm. After the procedure, you might experience some discomfort, but it’s generally mild, and over-the-counter medication is usually enough to keep it under control.

Root Canal Therapy FAQs

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Despite its popularity, there is still some misinformation out there about root canal therapy. That’s why we’ve decided to respond to a few frequently asked questions we hear from patients below! If you would prefer to speak directly with our team or can’t find the answer you are looking for, don’t hesitate to get in touch so our friendly, knowledgeable staff can assist you.

What Happens During a Root Canal Procedure?

Root canal therapy requires multiple steps, which typically is completed in two dental appointments. At your first visit, our skilled, caring dentist will numb the tooth thoroughly with a local anesthetic. Once that has set in, they will use a dental dam to isolate the tooth before creating an opening and removing the infected and damaged pulp. From there, the inner chamber of your tooth will be cleaned, dried, and filled with a rubber-like material. The next step is to place a temporary crown over your tooth while your permanent one is being meticulously crafted to perfection. When it’s ready, you’ll return to our office, we will securely place it on your tooth, and the process will be complete!

Do I Need a Root Canal?

If your tooth has sustained severe decay or damage, then you may need a root canal. Ultimately, our dentist will be able to determine if one is needed based on his findings during your dental exam. However, there are a few common warning signs, including:

  • Persistent oral pain.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.
  • Dental discoloration.
  • Swollen or inflamed gums.
  • Discomfort when chewing or biting down.
  • Chips or cracks in your tooth.
  • Tooth movement.

What Happens If I Don’t Get a Root Canal?

Unfortunately, many patients put off getting a root canal for as long as possible. While the intention is often to avoid long hours in the treatment chair, neglecting the issue results in just that. Leaving the decayed or otherwise damaged tooth untreated allows the infection to spread throughout your mouth and even travel to your vital organs through your bloodstream. Therefore, for the sake of your oral and overall health, it’s of the utmost importance that you don’t delay getting the treatment you need.

How Do I Care for My Mouth After a Root Canal?

After your root canal therapy, our team will provide you with an extensive list of aftercare instructions designed to promote healing and comfort. While the directions can vary depending on your unique situation, resting, maintaining good oral hygiene, and avoiding hard or crunchy foods are essential across the board. You may also be instructed to rinse with a mixture of salt and water regularly to keep the area clean and take OTC pain relievers as needed.

If you need a root canal, your initial reaction may be to panic. However, it is important to remember that it is a common, straightforward, safe procedure that can actually relieve pain, not cause it. If you have any other questions about this tooth-saving treatment or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!

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