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The entire staff was very sensitive to my anxiety during a dentist visit. I highly recommend anyone with the dames issues to visit these ladies. I would not go anywhere else!

- Theresa F.

Saving Longview teeth with root canal therapy

Root canal therapy is likely the most misunderstood procedure in dentistry. If you were to make a comment to a group of friends about having a dental appointment for a root canal, it is likely you would receive a number of sympathetic responses and negative comments about the procedure. If anyone in your group has actually had root canal therapy they will tell you that it is not bad, you will not feel any pain during the procedure and only minor discomfort when it is done.

The truth about root canal therapy

The pain that most people think of when they hear “root canal” actually occurs prior to the procedure when the pulp at the center of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This is where to tooth’s nerves are located and once the pulp is damaged a patient begins to experience intense pain in the infected tooth.

The procedure

Root canal therapy begins with Dr. Rea administering local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding tissue. Your doctor will make an opening in the tooth to access and remove the pulp. Once all of the infected pulp has been removed, the pulp chamber will be thoroughly cleaned and filled with a biocompatible material. The final step is to place a temporary filling in the access hole. Patients who have never experienced the benefits of root canal therapy are often shocked at how much better they feel after the procedure. Most patients compare any discomfort they have after the procedure to having a filling placed.


Once a tooth has received root canal therapy, it can be fractured easily, this is why once the tooth has had time to settle, a dental crown will be placed. The crown will protect the tooth from damage and restore it aesthetics.

Longview residents, if you have a toothache, it is important that you seek dental care as soon as possible because your tooth will not get better until you see Dr. Rea or Dr. Rea. Call our office at 903.753.3531 and schedule your appointment today. Soon you will be the one telling your friends how much they will benefit from root canal therapy and explaining that it is nothing to dread.
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