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When patients hear of a “root canal,” they are often thinking about pain and discomfort. However, when done with proper anesthetics and, if desired, sedation. Root canal therapy is a comfortable procedure that helps address a wide range of issues within the tooth. Dr. Ryan Thompson of McKinney, TX, is pleased to provide root canal treatment for patients who need it.

What are the root canal procedure steps?

  • Evaluation. First, x-rays and other diagnostic tools are used to determine if a patient needs root canal therapy.
  • Anesthetics and sedation. Second, a patient is adequately anesthetized, and if desired, sedated for the treatment.
  • Access point. Special instruments are used to create an access point that allows the dentist to get inside the tooth canals.
  • Removal of the dental pulp. The mass of tissues in the tooth called the dental pulp is removed.
  • Disinfection. The canals are disinfected, often with antibiotics, to keep bacteria from occurring within the tooth. 
  • Sealant. Gutta-percha is a unique material used to fill the cavities within the prepared tooth roots to seal them off and avoid the entrance of bacteria.
  • Dental crown. Then, the process is performed to create a dental crown, which is bonded over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

How long is a root canal procedure?

This procedure is often done anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the complexity needed. Most patients will have it completed in a single visit depending on the level of infection. Upon completion of the root canal, a crown will be completed as the final restoration of the tooth.

Does a root canal procedure hurt?

It is a general misconception that root canals hurt. Many patients are in pain until they have the tooth treated with this procedure. Dr. Ryan Thompson ensures his patients’ comfort with proper sedation and anesthetics for a seamless operation without feeling anxious about the process.

Are you in need of root canal therapy?

The root canal procedure is a commonly performed procedure at Thompson Dental. If you are advised that you could benefit from this treatment, call the office of Dr. Ryan Thompson at (972) 366-7743 to book an appointment.

Dr. Ryan Thompson


Dr. Ryan Thompson received his Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Management from Texas A&M University. After obtaining his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center, he served as a captain in the United States Air Force for a year while completing his Advanced Education General Dentistry Residency. He spent two more years as a dentist in the Air Force and worked as an associate dentist in Sherman, TX before opening Thompson Dental.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and North Texas Dental Society. He enjoys looking after the dental health of the communities in McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Plano, and Prosper and has also volunteered for several international dental mission trips.
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