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The procedure for root canal therapy in Longview

Dr. Karen E. Frazer ensures that all of her patients can enjoy optimal oral health by providing excellent dental care with compassion and efficiency. The procedure for root canal therapy is completed in a single visit to her Longview office, better serving patients’ busy schedules, and their dental health.


Sometimes there are no symptoms present to indicate a tooth is infected, and these cases are typically discovered by the doctor during a checkup. However, it is important to contact Dr. Rea right away to schedule an appointment if you experience any of the following:
  • Swelling or tenderness in the gum tissue around a tooth
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Pain when chewing or applying pressure to a tooth
  • A darkened tooth
  • A persistent pimple on the gum tissue
The doctor will perform some tests and take x-rays to verify that infection is present and a root canal is needed and will be effective.


After the patient is comfortably numbed, the doctor isolates the tooth with a rubber dam so the treatment area can be kept saliva free and it can be washed and dried as needed. This helps ensure the tooth remains free of contaminants. All decay and compromised tooth structure are removed and a small opening is made in the tooth to allow access to the dental pulp.

The pulp, toxins, bacteria, and any debris are removed and the area is shaped to facilitate filling and sealing the tooth. After the area is cleaned, disinfected, and dried, it is filled with sealant and gutta percha, a natural rubber compound.

The procedure is completed with a composite filling. A crown may be placed over the tooth to provide additional strength and protection.


Most patients experience little to no discomfort after the procedure. There may be some minor soreness or sensitivity for the first few days due to natural inflammation of the tissue. This can typically be relieved with non-prescription pain medication such as naproxen or ibuprofen.

Call 903.753.3531 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karen E. Frazer for exceptional care for all of your dental needs. We are conveniently located at 4407 Manchaca Rd, Longview, TX 78745.
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