As a dentist, few things elicit as many negative reactions as the mention of needing a root canal. Root canals are a safe and effective treatment that is very similar to having a traditional cavity filling. In the many years she’s spent as a dentist in Frisco, TX, Dr. Suri has helped save many natural teeth with the help of root canal therapy – eliminating pain and restoring their ability to enjoy life as fast as possible.
Often simply referred to as a root canal, the procedure is performed when the pulp chamber of the tooth has become damaged and infected. During a root canal, the infected pulp, nerves, and blood vessels are removed in order to save the natural tooth structure and avoid unnecessary extraction.
The most common reasons for root canals are:
Most patients who need a root canal first come to the office because of a painful toothache. During the examination, x-rays are taken of the tooth to determine if a root canal is needed.
Here are several of the warning signs that you may require root canal treatment:
Once it’s determined that a root canal is needed, you may be prescribed an antibiotic to take prior to treatment. On the day of the root canal, the dentist will access the pulp chamber of the tooth to remove the infected pulp tissue and nerves. Next, the area is completely cleaned and sanitized and then filled with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. The final step is to seal the opening and place a dental crown over the treated tooth for long term protection and to restore functionality.
While root canals are a safe and highly effective treatment, it is still important to do what you can to prevent needing one. This includes developing good oral hygiene habits that will keep your teeth healthy such as:
A graduate from University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, Dr. Vidya Suri is an established dentist who prioritizes her patients and strives to provide them with the best possible dental care. She brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and skills including her ability to pay close attention to the details to provide her patients with the most optimal outcomes that exceed their expectations.
Dr. Suri treats patients of all ages. In order to ensure that she is doing her best, she regularly participates in continuing education courses to stay abreast of new practices, technology, and advancements in the industry. Dr. Suri is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.