What to Know About a Root Canal

If you’ve got a dental issue that will require a root canal, there is some basic information to know before undergoing the procedure. Usually when a patient needs this procedure done, some part of the tooth has become inflamed and perhaps infected and there is pain, especially when chewing. Sometimes the tooth will ache regardless of chewing or not. A dental surgeon will need to address this before an infection spreads to a greater area of the mouth or jaw region, causing an abscess or worse.

If you are nervous about the root canal procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us. Dr. Jeff Lewis has been performing root canals for over 20 years and is skilled at performing the procedure comfortably, quickly and completely to ensure a successful outcome. If you are extremely anxious, we offer various levels of sedation to help ease your anxiety.

During root canal therapy, the dentist will drill down into the tooth to the inflamed area to remove tissue. This involves using a small drill that can extend all the way down the length of the tooth into the protruding roots. Once the canals of your roots have been exposed, the dentist can then gently file out the infected tissue from inside the tooth. After this is complete, a sealant will be placed inside the tooth to prevent further decay. Depending on the state of the tooth, the dentist may also decide to place a filling or cap over the remaining part of the tooth.

Though the procedure has developed a reputation for being very painful, modern dental techniques can minimize this pain. Typically, the dental surgeon will inject some local numbing agent around the base of the tooth. This can prevent much of the pain that you might otherwise experience. In fact, most patients say they don’t feel the procedure at all.

Of course, it is best to avoid this procedure if possible, by brushing and flossing your teeth daily and visiting your dentist for your regularly appointed checkups. But, in the event of pain in your tooth or jaw, please contact us right away at 713-783-1733.

What You Need to Know About Root Canal Therapy

Losing a tooth does not just affect how you look but also how you chew your food and your overall mouth function. For a tooth that has a diseased nerve, it is not necessary to have it removed and patients can opt for root canal therapy; unless the disease has spread to a stage where the tooth structure will no longer support normal function.

Inside the tooth, there is a pulp that runs like a thread going down to the root. This pulp is the source of nutrients for the tooth, as well as the passageway for the nerves. When there is damage to the tooth such as decay or cracking, infection is likely to happen. To treat the infection and for the affected tooth to be saved, one treatment of choice among dentists is root canal therapy. This is done by the dentist by drilling into the pulp chamber, removing the pulp and then filing out the nerves. Afterward, the root canals are filled with inert materials and sealed. A crown is then placed over the tooth to make it stronger.

Root canal therapy is a simple procedure and we take great care to ensure the root canal treatment is performed properly and will last. The treatment itself can be painless since the dentist will usually use a local anesthetic while performing the procedure. However, there are instances wherein pain can be felt such as when there is a severe abscess in the affected tooth. There is little to no discomfort after root canal therapy, with only about one to three visits to the dentist.

There are several reasons root canal therapy is a preferred treatment for a diseased tooth. Aside from saving the tooth, it is also a safe procedure with a promising result. With proper oral care, the treated tooth can last for a lifetime. Regular visits to the dentist are necessary such that the tooth will be properly cared for. If it is taken care of, then there will be no problems with the tooth which was treated through root canal therapy.