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Root Canal Treatments

The phrase “root canal” is scary to most people, but this treatment’s bad reputation is unwarranted. In fact, the treatment is much more comfortable than the pain caused by an infected tooth root, and the outcome will be a healthy, functional, pain-free mouth. Dr. Lee has undergone extensive training in his native South Korea to perform root canal treatment that ensures your safety and comfort and restores your tooth to optimal function.

Why would I need a root canal treatment?

When tooth decay or damage affects the enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth, or the dentin, which is the next, more sensitive layer, a filling or crown is an adequate restorative treatment. The next layer of the tooth, located in the center, is the pulp. When this part of the tooth, which contains soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels, is exposed because of extensive decay, tooth breakage, or other trauma, bacteria and debris will enter the pulp chamber and cause an infection. Unlike other areas of the body, the tooth pulp has very limited ability to self-heal when infected. Your dentist must remove the infection with a root canal treatment.

How do I know if I need a root canal treatment?

Some patients, in rare cases, do not experience any symptoms of an infected tooth pulp. Most, however, will feel pain and sensitivity, especially when chewing or when the tooth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures. You may also develop an abscess, which is a pus-filled sac in the gum tissue caused by the infection that your Coppell dentist must drain to alleviate pressure and discomfort.

How does my Coppell general dentist perform a root canal treatment?

The first course of action is for Dr. Lee and his staff to ensure that you are comfortable and free of anxieties before beginning the procedure. Many patients only need a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, but those who feel more fearful about undergoing root canal therapy may need sedation methods such as nitrous oxide to relax. Once you feel at ease, Dr. Lee will make an opening in the tooth to reach the pulp chamber. He will remove the infected tissues and debris inside the pulp chamber and root canals, after which he will shape the inside of the tooth to prepare it for a filling. After filling the root canals with a rubbery material called gutta percha, he will place a filling to seal the tooth. This will help strengthen the tooth structure and prevent another infection from occurring inside the tooth. If the tooth has been significantly weakened by the procedure, he may also place a tooth-colored porcelain crown over it for added strength. With a root canal treatment from Dr. Lee, your tooth will be restored for optimal functioning and esthetics so that you can smile, eat, and speak with confidence.

Make Your Appointment Today

To experience the benefits of modern general dentistry and prosthodontics in Coppell, TX, contact Dr. Heeje Lee at (972) 315-0811. Evergreen Dental welcomes patients from Coppell, Lewisville, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Irving, and the nearby communities.