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.

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