Root Canal Therapy in Prosper, TX
Your Tooth’s Anatomy: An Overview
Like many things in life, a tooth is more than what you can see with the naked eye. When we imagine teeth, we more than likely imagine only the crown, that part that shows above the gum line. However, each tooth is anchored into the jaw with a root system. The tooth itself is comprised of three primary layers:
1) Enamel. One of the hardest substances on earth, enamel protects the inner layers of the tooth and can withstand daily wear and tear.
2) Dentin. Just below the enamel, the porous dentin layer serves as a conduit between the protective enamel and the inner most part of the tooth.
3) Pulp. Secure within the innermost chamber lies the pulp, a soft, nerve-filled tissue that serves as a lifeline between the jaw, the body, and the tooth itself.
When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
Dr. Vimal Patel will recommend root canal therapy if decay has eaten through the enamel and dentin and reached the pulp or if a tooth has suffered so much structural damage that the pulp is exposed. In both cases, root canal therapy is performed to stop the spread of infection, remove the source of extreme pain and discomfort, and save the hard structure of the tooth. Avoiding root canal therapy could result in the loss of the tooth and the need for a dental prosthetic to replace the missing dentition.
Staying Comfortable During Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have a reputation for being particularly drawn out and unpleasant. In reality, root canal therapy is performed under local anesthesia and effectively removes the source of severe dental pain. In addition, Dr. Patel provides nitrous oxide, a trusted and proven sedation option, that will help you relax and feel comfortable during your procedure. At Prosper Smiles Family Dentistry, we put your comfort first.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Prosper Dentist
At Prosper Smiles Family Dentistry, we have created a different kind of dental practice: one that focuses on family, fun, and creating healthy, beautiful smiles. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at (972) 347-9617. From our state-of-the-art dentist’s office in Prosper, TX, Dr. Patel and his talented staff proudly provide general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to families in Celina, Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Denton, and Allen.