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From the first call, to making my next appointment before leaving, the staff are professional and knowledgeable. I like that the doctors and staff stay current with industry models while maintaing their high standards of care.

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Longview patients ask, "What happens during root canal therapy?"

Many patients hear the words "root canal" and immediately feel like they are in for a painful procedure. In actuality, the opposite is true, as root canal therapy is done specifically to relieve the pain caused by infected tooth pulp. During root canal therapy, Dr. Rea is able to address the source of your pain and help you on your way to healing.

Root canal therapy is performed on patients who have infected pulp, abscesses, or severe tooth decay that cannot be treated with fillings, inlays, or onlays. Short of tooth extraction, root canal therapy is the only way to relieve the pain associated with these conditions.

The first step in root canal therapy is full examination and x-rays. This is to properly diagnose the condition and confirm that a root canal is the best form of treatment. During this procedure, Dr. Rea will also discuss options for sedation with you. Dr. Rea offers three types of sedation at her office: nitrous oxide, oral, and IV, conscious sedation. Together, you will determine the best level of sedation for your treatment.

On the day of your procedure, Dr. Rea will start by administering any sedation that has been chosen. Patients receiving oral conscious or IV sedation will need to have arrangements for transportation to and from the office. Once sedation has been given and the area is properly numb, Dr. Rea will drill a hole into the tooth that allows her to extract the pulp (tissue, blood supply, and nerves located within the tooth). Once this has been completely removed, she will clean and sterilize the tooth and then seal it. The tooth may then be covered with a dental crown for strength, durability, and protection.

Root canal therapy is an affordable and effective solution for patients who need to address severe tooth decay and infection. It is a great way to save your natural tooth, eliminate pain, and restore the functionality of your smile.

If you are currently experiencing tooth pain and feel like you may have an infection, call our Longview office today at 512-442-2295 to schedule a consultation.
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