Root Canal Specialist

Dong Phee, D.D.S. -  - Comprehensive, Sedation & Implant Dentistry

Denton Oak Dentistry

Dong Phee, D.D.S.

Comprehensive, Sedation & Implant Dentistry & Invisalign Specialist located in Corinth/Denton, TX

Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious over the procedure in anticipation. Thankfully, David Phee, DDS, and the expert dental team at Denton Oak Dentistry remove all the anxiety and discomfort from a root canal procedure. The professional dental team at Denton Oak Dentistry in Denton and Corinth, Texas, is well-trained to perform root canals and does so on a routine basis. Call or book an appointment online if you’re worried about a root canal treatment.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. Dr. Phee eliminates the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue from inside your tooth if it becomes severely infected. This way, he can save your tooth and help ease your pain.

What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

Roots and tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury to the tooth or from a cavity that is left untreated. If you don’t get to a dentist in time, the infected tissue can reach the pulp or root of your tooth. Ask about treatment. If you don't, the infection could spread even further and lead to other health complications.

How can I recognize an infected tooth?

If you don't seek treatment for the infected tooth rather immediately, you might experience a significant amount of discomfort. Some typical symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Halitosis
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your mouth or jaw
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

How does a root canal work?

Dr. Phee can usually fix your tooth within one or two visits. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

He uses a needle to numb the region and makes sure you don't feel anything during the procedure. If needed, Dr. Phee puts a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. Once your tooth is anesthetized, he creates a tiny opening in your tooth to reach the diseased area within the root.

Then Dr. Phee uses small files to remove the damaged and diseased pulp and irrigates the area with water to wash away any debris. Once all damaged substance is extracted, he either places a temporary filling on your tooth or seals it for protection until you come back for your permanent crown.

If you show any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, be sure to call Denton Oak Dentistry or schedule a consultation online.