Root Canal Therapy Specialist

Killeen Family Dentistry

Dentists located in Killeen, TX

Occasional tooth pain is fairly common, but you shouldn’t have tooth pain that doesn’t go away or pain that gets worse. If this happens, you might need root canal therapy to address the underlying problem and prevent it from getting more serious. While getting a root canal might sound intimidating, the dental team at Killeen Family Dentistry makes every effort to ensure that you’re comfortable and experience minimal discomfort at the practice in Killeen, Texas.

Root Canal Therapy Q & A

What’s root canal therapy?

It's a dental procedure that the dentists at Killeen Family Dentistry might need to do if the inside part of your tooth or your child’s tooth has an infection or if it’s severely damaged.

The procedure involves removing that inner part of the tooth that’s causing problems, which helps reduce the risk of complications such as a more widespread infection.

The dentists at Killeen Family Dentistry can do root canal therapy for kids and adults alike when needed.

Why might I need root canal therapy?

You or your child might need root canal therapy if the dentist finds severe tooth decay or an infection inside the affected tooth.

You might not have any noticeable signs of damage. Instead, the dentist might discover tooth problems during your routine cleanings and exams. If that happens, the dentist discusses root canal therapy.

What are the signs that I might need root canal therapy?

If you do have noticeable symptoms of tooth decay or infections, they might include any of the following:

  • Greater sensitivity to cold or heat, especially if it lasts for long periods of time
  • Discomfort when you close your jaw, especially while chewing or biting
  • Severe pain that makes it hard for you to sleep
  • Consistent pain that doesn’t go away

What can I expect during root canal therapy?

During root canal therapy, your Killeen Family Dentistry provider numbs the affected area first. Doing so prevents you from feeling any discomfort during the procedure.

When the affected area is numb, the dentist goes through the top of your tooth and removes the pulp. Then the dentist prepares the empty canal in the tooth ready for a temporary filling, which you can replace with tooth restoration services, such as dental crowns.

Is root canal therapy painful?

Root canals shouldn’t cause you any significant discomfort during the procedure since the area will be numb.

Keep in mind that you’re likely to experience higher sensitivity in the affected tooth for a few days afterward. You might also have slight soreness while chewing, which only lasts for a short time.

The dentist will provide you with advice on coping with these temporary effects.

If you think that you or your child might need root canal therapy, please contact Killeen Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment.