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Root Canal Therapy – Waco, TX

Saving Your Tooth and Relieving Your Pain

Does the mere mention of the phrase root canal make you shutter? You’re not alone. Over the years, root canals have gained a negative reputation, but without this therapy, the only other alternative treatment would be extraction. The truth of the matter is that a root canal saves your tooth after decay or damage and resolves the source of the pain you may be feeling. At Premier Family Dental, Dr. Rick Cofer has performed many, many root canals and practices with a gentle touch. Our team will go above and beyond to make sure that you’re completely comfortable from beginning to end.

What is a root canal?

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Root canal therapy is a procedure that removes the pulp, or the innermost layer that houses your tooth’s nerves. This part of your tooth can be very sensitive and can easily send a painful signal to your brain if bacteria find access to it. By taking out the pulp, Dr. Cofer can ensure that your pain is gone and that any potential infection stops spreading.

Dr. Cofer of Premier Family Dental in Waco has lots of experience performing root canal therapy – in fact, he performs hundreds of these procedures every year. Because successful root canal therapy can determine whether or not you get to keep your tooth, you’ll want to receive your root canal procedure from someone you can trust. Who better than a Central Texas dentist with so much skill and experience?

Why do I need a root canal?

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There is a nerve that runs through your natural tooth, which is called the pulp. This nerve runs through what is called the root canal. When decay or disease reaches the nerve that runs through the root canal chamber, root canal therapy may be needed to stop the infection – and the pain. An infected nerve is one of the main causes of tooth pain.

Are you experiencing some of these symptoms?

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tenderness
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Lymph node swelling, tenderness, or even drainage

These can signal an infection that has taken hold of your tooth nerve and root. You may be in need of root canal therapy.

In many cases, patients experience discomfort or pain before a root canal. However, you may feel just fine and still need root canal therapy. If this is your situation, consider yourself lucky! But don’t delay having treatment because the problem will only get worse with time, potentially causing additional damage to your smile and health.

What happens during the root canal procedure?

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When you have a root canal, we make sure that you’re relaxed and comfortable from beginning to end. In fact, root canal therapy entails the same amount of discomfort as getting a filling. Dr. Cofer will administer a local anesthetic to relieve your pain and numb the area. After that, he will remove the pulp, clean the chamber and seal it off to prevent future infection. At that point, we’ll take digital impressions of your teeth so that we can have your custom dental crown created. In the meantime, Dr. Cofer will attach a temporary one. When it’s ready, you’ll return to our office and have the permanent crown placed.

What is the recovery like?

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Most of the time, recovering from a root canal is very similar to recovering from a filling. You may experience some soreness or mild pain, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. However, this should calm down after a day or two. You may want to eat softer foods and avoid using that part of your mouth to bite and chew during this time. If the pain persists, then contact our office.