Gary N. Pointer, DDS

4901 N. Bryant Irvin Rd, Suite 100 • Fort Worth, TX 76107 • (817) 737-2531

Root Canal Therapy

Painful Pulp

A model of a root canalYour teeth contain several layers: the outer protective enamel, a secondary layer of sensitive dentin, and an inner pulp that contains components commonly referred to as the “nerve” of the tooth. Each pulp chamber branches off, forming canals that lead toward the tooth root tip. These infamous root canals provide a means for the tooth to absorb what it needs from the blood and get rid of toxins or other unnecessary materials via the blood stream. A deep cavity, traumatic injury, or tooth fracture can make the canal susceptible to bacterial infection, which can kill the pulp, stimulate increased blood flow, and create pressure within the tooth. This can cause severe tooth pain and may initiate bone degeneration, tooth loss, and even more acute pain. If you see a dentist in the earliest stages of this condition, the tooth may be saved with a root canal. Otherwise, it should be extracted and replaced with a prosthetic.

Easy Does It

Will root canal therapy hurt? Not with today's advanced analgesics and technology. In fact, the entire process can be so comfortable that many patients doze off. Oftentimes, root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment. We simply clean out the diseased canal, fill it with a biologically-inert substance, seal it from further infection, and you're on your way. While some patients experience post-procedural soreness or slight tissue inflammation, these are controllable with over-the-counter analgesics. Follow-up care involves thorough home hygiene and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups.

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Call us at 817.737.2531 or email us at garypointerdds@me.com.

Address
4901 Bryant Irvin Rd #100
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:30am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:30 pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 1:00 pm
Fri - Sat: Closed

Directions
If you are traveling on I-30, you will take the Bryant Irvin exit and go south one and a half miles. From I-20 you will exit Bryant Irvin and go north two miles. Our building is located on the east side of the street, just north of the Trinity River.