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Root Canal Therapy – Wharton, TX

Reduce Dental Pain and Save Your Natural Teeth

Many people imagine root canals to be a painful or extremely unpleasant procedure. However, the truth is that root canal therapy in Wharton actually helps relieve dental pain by eradicating bacterial infections inside of teeth and strengthening the remaining natural tooth structure.

Real, severe pain actually comes from taking a “wait and see” approach to an infected or decaying tooth. That is why every year approximately 15 million Americans undergo root canal therapy. Are you worried about dental pain that just won’t go away? Do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tripulas today!

What is a Root Canal?

Woman who needs root canal therapy in Wharton

The soft tissue inside teeth – which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue – is called the pulp. Deep decay, repeated dental procedures, chips, cracks, or other injuries to a tooth can all cause pulp inflammation or infection.

Root canal therapy is a restorative dental treatment that targets the inside of teeth and is performed in order to relieve severe dental pain and save teeth that are badly decayed or infected.

Who Needs Root Canal Therapy?

Four models of teeth and root canals

You should contact Dr. Tripulas for a consultation regarding root canal therapy in Wharton if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe dental pain, especially when chewing or biting
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Pimples on the gums
  • Darkening of the gums
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks
  • A chipped or cracked tooth

Understanding the Root Canal Procedure

Root canal cleaning procedure graphic

A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, can typically be completed in just one or two visits to our office in Wharton. It is important to note that there is no need to worry about pain or discomfort – thanks to local anesthesia, modern root canals are no more uncomfortable than getting a simple cavity filled!

When you visit Dr. Tripulas for root canal therapy, he will first numb the tooth to prevent you from feeling any discomfort.

Next, he will make a small hole in the top of the infected tooth using a very small drill. Through this hole, Dr. Tripulas will be able to clear away the damaged or infected pulp inside the tooth and shape the inner root canal.

Once the inside of the tooth is completely cleaned and dried, it will be filled with a biocompatible material. The small hole on top of the tooth will also be closed with a temporary filling.

A few weeks after the root canal procedure, you will return to our office so Dr. Tripulas can place a permanent crown on top of the affected tooth.

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Man smiling at dentist after root canal therapy in Wharton

The greatest benefit of root canal therapy in Wharton is that it will eliminate your severe dental pain! If you have been trying to push through each day while suffering from extreme discomfort caused by a damaged or infected tooth, root canal therapy will provide dramatic relief almost immediately.

Other benefit of getting endodontic treatment include:

  • Saves as much natural tooth structure as possible and avoids tooth extraction
  • More efficient and cost-effective than a tooth extraction
  • Helps prevent the spread of infection to other teeth
  • Restores dental form and function with a visually-appealing crown
  • Patients gain the ability to chew food pain-free just a few days after the procedure