Endodontist & Root Canal Treatment in Harker Heights, TX

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What is Root Canal Treatment?

Cavities or other forms of tooth damage that are caught in the earlier stages may be treated with a dental filling or crown restoration. If the decay spreads and reaches the pulp center (inner portion) of the tooth, however, a root canal may be needed to restore health to the tooth. Root canal therapy is a common endodontic procedure offered at ACE Dental of Harker Heights. With this treatment, our general dentists remove the infected pulp tissue from the tooth, fill the pulp and roots with a special material, and then seal the tooth. Root canals can help save infected teeth from requiring extraction and may keep the infection from affecting your general wellness. Please visit our Harker Heights, TX team if you have tooth pain, facial swelling, or other concerning symptoms of a tooth infection. We go the extra mile to provide comfortable care and may offer nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel more relaxed.

When Is a Root Canal Needed?

Conditions like large cavities, deep cracks, and physical trauma to the teeth may all create a path for harmful bacteria to infect the pulp center of a tooth. When this happens, a root canal may be recommended to bring health, comfort, and function back to your mouth. Common signs and symptoms that may signal the presence of a tooth infection or internal damage are:

  • Jaw pain or a toothache
  • An abscessed tooth
  • A pimple-like lesion on the gums
  • Pressure in the jaw
  • Swollen gums
  • Discomfort when eating
  • Darkening or graying of a tooth
  • Temperature sensitivity

What Is the Root Canal Process?

Our caring team always strives to make treatment as comfortable and relaxed as possible for our patients. We administer a local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the mouth prior to a root canal. However, we may also provide nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel more at ease throughout your care. To begin the root canal process, one of our experienced dentists will access the pulp layer by creating a small opening in your tooth. After the infected pulp and decayed tooth structure are removed, your tooth will be thoroughly sterilized and fortified with a special type of material. The tooth will then be sealed off with a sedative filling and given some time to heal.

What Can I Expect from Root Canal Recovery?

Once your root canal is completed, any tooth pain or other symptoms that were affecting your tooth should start to subside. Nonprescription pain medication may be recommended to improve your comfort during the recovery phase. If necessary, antibiotics might be prescribed to address any oral infections. We may have you return for a follow-up check a few weeks after your root canal so we can assess your tooth. Dental crowns are often recommended following root canal therapy to help protect and strengthen root canal-treated teeth, as these teeth may be more inclined to crack or break. Our dentists will assess the condition of your tooth and overall health when you visit ACE Dental of Harker Heights for routine preventive care visits.

Are Root Canals Covered by Insurance?

Endodontic treatments, like root canal therapy, may be partially covered by some dental insurance policies. Before the day of your procedure, our financial specialist can review your plan and provide you with an estimate of any personal costs. ACE Dental of Harker Heights proudly offers affordable treatment options to our patients and accepts a range of convenient, budget-friendly payment plans. Our team will be happy to explain your choices and help you select a financial solution fit for your needs.

Save Infected Teeth with Endodontic Care

Delaying dental care for decayed, damaged, or infected teeth may put your oral and general wellness at significant risk. Our experienced Harker Heights, TX dentists routinely perform root canal treatments to help restore dental health and save teeth from needing extraction. Learn more about the steps we take to increase patient comfort during root canal care by scheduling a visit at ACE Dental of Harker Heights.

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