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Root canal therapy in Garland, TX is essentially painless

Root canal therapy from dentist in Garland It is common to hear a groan at the mention of root canal therapy. However, in Dr. Sakunthala Boppana’s capable hands, the procedure gets you out of discomfort quickly and helps to save a natural tooth. She and her team in Garland, TX are experienced in performing root canal therapy gently and efficiently.

When root canal treatment is needed

At the center of each tooth is a chamber which houses pulp – blood vessels and a nerve that allow the tooth to sense bite pressure and temperature. When trauma (a crack or breakage) or deep decay breaches protective outer layers, harmful bacteria invade the pulp chamber. Infection builds pressure, and the nerve becomes inflamed. You may awake with a swollen face and acute pain, or have intermittent toothaches. Sometimes the tooth darkens, or the tooth or gum area feels tender when you press on it.
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Root canal therapy alleviates pain by eliminating the source. It is often the only alternative to extraction.

About the procedure

From the patient’s perspective, the procedure is about like getting a filling. Because your comfort is top priority, Dr. Boppana may prescribe pain management medication or antibiotics before treating the tooth. Then:
  • The area is thoroughly numbed for instant relief.
  • The tooth is opened, releasing pressure.
  • Damaged or decayed tooth structure is removed.
  • Special instruments are used to eliminate blood vessels and nerves.
  • The chamber is sterilized and sealed.
  • A temporary filling is placed.
  • You return in a few weeks to have a beautiful porcelain crown placed. It strengthens the tooth and protects it from further damage.
Are you concerned about root canal cost? In the long-term, an extraction can cost a great deal more. You may opt for a fixed bridge or a dental implant to replace the extracted tooth. If you do not replace it, other teeth will go crooked. That creates spaces and overlaps that encourage cavities and gum disease - requiring future dental work.

Now that you have a better understanding of root canal treatment from Dr. Boppana, you can see that there is nothing to fear. Call the office in Garland, TX at (469) 863-7009 to schedule an appointment.

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