Root Canals

Trinity Dental Care

General Dentist & Implant Dentistry located in Bedford, TX

A root canal might sound scary, but in fact, it’s a nearly painless procedure that not only provides relief but can permanently repair a decaying tooth. At Trinity Dental Care, in Bedford, Texas, Gunda Gayathri, DDS, and her team are well-versed in performing root canals. To schedule a root canal for an injured or decaying tooth, call or use the online booking tool.

Root Canals Q & A

What is the purpose of a root canal?

Root canals save severely decayed or infected teeth. The procedure involves removing a tooth’s pulp — the nerves and blood vessels — then cleaning and sealing the inside.

Signs the pulp inside a tooth is infected include:

  • A severe toothache
  • Increased sensitivity to temperature
  • Discoloration
  • Swollen, tender gums

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s essential to address them as soon as possible. If left untreated, the infection can spread, and you can risk permanently losing your tooth. A root canal will repair your infected tooth and relieve your pain.

Why should I get a root canal instead of pulling or replacing a tooth?

Pulling a tooth or replacing it with a dental implant may sound like a more convenient and cost-effective solution than getting a root canal. However, as long as you have the option, it’s in your best interest to try saving your natural teeth.

When you pull a tooth, the resulting gap can significantly affect everyday activities like chewing food and speaking, and it can also cause your other teeth to shift. Furthermore, implants may not function or feel quite the same as your other teeth. If you have the chance to save a tooth, that’s often the best option.

How does it feel to receive a root canal?

You may have heard that root canals are especially painful, but that’s actually not true. Thanks to advances in endodontics, a modern root canal is no more painful than having a cavity filled. It’s now possible to treat most root canals quickly and comfortably. And even in more complicated cases, the procedure’s reputation for being uniquely unpleasant is no longer accurate.

Dr. Gayathri is an experienced endodontist who is also an expert in pain management and makes it his priority to work gently. She will ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable before, during, and after the procedure. When she administers local anesthesia, she does so with a painless injection. A root canal will relieve you of your pain, which is far worse than the procedure.

To schedule a root canal with Dr. Gayathri, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online tool.