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Do you have an endodontic treatment coming up? If so, good for you. It’s best to restore your tooth and improve your oral health. Unfortunately, endodontic treatment, which is also known as root canal therapy, is often misunderstood. Many cringe at the thought of the treatment when, in fact, this treatment is extremely beneficial. To help you know a little more, Dr. Hawkins, Dr. Smith, Dr. Hassinger, and our dental team are happy to explain the facts about endodontic treatment.

Endodontic treatment is necessary to restore and save a tooth that has been extremely infected or decayed. During the treatment, our dentists will remove the nerve and pulp of the tooth because it will prevent infections to the surrounding tissues and it will prevent abscesses. Then, he will clean and seal the tooth with a dental filling or a dental crown.

Sadly, root canal treatment has the reputation for being painful. However, many don’t know that the treatment isn’t as painful as they think. In fact, the treatment is less painful than the pain experienced before the treatment and it is no more painful than a dental filling treatment.

After the therapy, your tooth’s tissues might be swollen for a few days. This can cause sensitivity and discomfort. To help provide comfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the pain. Most people return to their normal activities the next day. Until then, it’s best to rest.

As you can see, root canal therapy can restore your oral health all without being extremely terrible. However, we understand that the treatment can still be a bit confusing and overwhelming. So, if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about endodontic therapy in Amarillo, Texas, please call Hawkins Dental Group at 806-353-4361 at your earliest convenience. We are more than happy to help you!