Root Canals

Swinney Morton Dental -  - Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentistry

Swinney Morton Dental

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentists located in Tyler, TX

Are you suffering from a toothache? A root canal is often the best way to ease the pain and preserve your tooth. Root canals might be one of the most feared dental procedures, but modern root canal therapy is simple and almost pain-free. Kayla Morton, DDS, and Trey Swinney, DDS, of Swinney Morton Dental, offer gentle root canal treatment in Tyler, Texas. Schedule a consultation online or on the phone today to find out if you could benefit from a root canal.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy is a dental treatment designed to save your natural tooth. It’s a common procedure to treat tooth pulp infections and preserve your tooth so that you don’t need to have it pulled.

Each of your teeth has a soft center pulp made of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. The pulp can get infected if bacteria collect inside your tooth due to an injury, decay, or repeated dental work.

The infection can be quite painful, but root canals are a safe and effective way to get rid of the infection. At Swinney Morton Dental, the team offers nonsurgical root canal procedures.

During your root canal, your dentist removes the infected tooth pulp, thoroughly cleans the inside of your tooth, and seals it to prevent bacteria from reentering. They usually place a crown or other dental restoration over your tooth to add strength.

Why might I need a root canal?

The tooth pulp is protected by the other layers of your teeth. Common problems like tooth injury or decay can expose the pulp to infection and damage your tooth’s nerves. The most common signs of a tooth pulp infection include:

  • Toothache
  • Discoloration
  • Swollen gums
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold

If your dentist finds an infection, they’ll likely recommend a root canal. Root canal therapy is also an option to treat deep cavities and cracked teeth. In many cases, root canals are simple in-office procedures with almost zero downtime.

Do root canals hurt?

Society has given root canals a bad reputation as an extremely painful dental procedure. But the truth is that many people find root canals nearly painless and they experience almost immediate relief from the pain of their tooth infection.

Nonsurgical root canal therapy at Swinney Morton Dental is similar to getting a cavity filled. The team gives you a local anesthetic. Nitrous oxide sedation is also available if you’re particularly nervous about the procedure.

The dentist takes images of your mouth with dental cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and uses the images to precisely target and treat your infection. They remove the infection and protect your natural tooth so that it can continue serving you for years to come.

You don’t have to be afraid of a root canal. If you’re bothered by tooth pain, schedule a consultation at Swinney Morton Dental today. Call the office today or book online.