Root Canals Specialist

Doctor Mansour's Dental Office

Dr. Mansour

General Dentist located in Arlington, TX

Tooth pain? Swollen gums? These are signs of a possible infection. If you need speedy care to eliminate pain and save your tooth, Doctor Mansour's Dental Office in Arlington, Texas, performs root canals. With proper care, a tooth treated with a root canal lasts a lifetime. Don’t wait to get the healthy smile you deserve. Call or book a consultation online with Doctor Mansour, DDS, PA.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a surgical procedure performed on an infected or damaged tooth. A root canal addresses the inflammation and infection in the soft pulp inside your tooth to stop the infection from growing worse. 

During a root canal, Doctor Mansour removes the infected pulp, restoring the health and structural integrity of your natural tooth. If the inflammation and infection go untreated, your tooth can be painful and the infection may lead to an abscess.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Here are common warning signs that you may need a root canal:

  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • Severe pain while chewing or biting
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Pimples on your gums
  • Deep decay or darkening of the gums

You might also notice you’re sensitive to hot or cold, and the sensitivity lingers even after the hot or cold item is gone.

What are the advantages of getting a root canal?

A root canal not only saves your own tooth, but it also offers benefits such as:

  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • More efficient, natural chewing
  • Protects your other teeth 

Plus, after a root canal, your tooth is healthy again. With proper care, most teeth that have root canal treatment can last a lifetime.

Does a root canal hurt?

Despite what you may have heard, root canal treatment is virtually painless. In fact, recovering from getting a natural tooth extracted causes more discomfort than recovering from a root canal. 

Today’s modern surgical techniques and effective anesthesia mean that root canal patients are six times more likely to report the procedure was painless than those who had a tooth removed.

What happens during a root canal?

Doctor Mansour administers anesthesia to make you comfortable and relieve any stress or pain. He makes a small opening at the top of your tooth and removes the infected pulp and nerve in the root of the tooth. 

Then he cleans the inside of the root canal, then fills the canal with a biocompatible material, usually a material called gutta-percha. 

Doctor Mansour places a temporary crown or filling on the treated tooth to protect it. You have a permanent crown or some form of restoration put on at a later visit. 

If you have sensitive, swollen gums or an aching tooth, you may need treatment to restore the health of your tooth. Find out about the benefits of a root canal by calling Doctor Mansour's Dental Office today or booking a consultation online.