Root Canals


What is a root canal?

A tooth’s root canal runs inside the tooth root, from the tip of the root to the pulp chamber that houses the tooth’s nerves and  blood vessels. When this canal becomes infected with decay, root canal treatment becomes necessary to restore the tooth.

When is root canal treatment necessary?

When the tooth pulp becomes exposed due to a fracture, breakage, or decay, bacteria and debris can enter this space, inflaming and infecting the tooth nerves. Root canal treatment, which consists of removing the infected tissues in the root canals and pulp chamber, is necessary to clear up the infection. Without treatment, the infection could spread to the jawbone and beyond, resulting in tooth loss and widespread infection.

Does root canal therapy hurt?

While root canal treatment has a bad reputation for being painful, they are no more uncomfortable than any other dental procedure. Many patients only need the help of local anesthesia, but we also offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation to help nervous patients relax.

How is root canal treatment performed?

After ensuring that you’re comfortable, your dentist will carefully create an opening in the tootoh to access the pulp chamber. After removing the infected tissue from the pulp chamber and root canals, your dentist will shape the canals and fill them. The root canal will then be sealed and a filling placed on top to complete the tooth’s restoration. In some cases, we may also recommend capping the tooth with a dental crown for increased protection.

Save your tooth with root canal therapy.

To save a deeply infected or severely fractured tooth, we may suggest root canal therapy. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson). We also proudly serve patients who live in North Dallas, Plano, Garland, North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and all surrounding communities.