Why a Root Canal Is Not Something To Fear

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This post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the root canal.

If you find out you need a root canal, don’t panic. When we recommend this procedure, it’s to repair and save a damaged or infected tooth.

Why do people fear root canals? Simple: they have the reputation of being extremely painful. But in most cases, the patient is already in pain because of the damaged or infected tooth.

Root canals will eliminate that pain. And the procedure itself? The area being treated is completely numb from local anesthetics.

Root Canal Therapy

During the root canal procedure, we remove the pulp inside the affected tooth. You may think of a tooth as bone-like, but in reality there is a soft pulp inside. It surrounds the nerves and blood vessels within.

When this pulp is damaged or infected it leads to a lot of pain, as well as a darkened appearance. Once we have removed it, the space it leaves is filled and the tooth is sealed. Then, it’s covered with a crown, which protects it and gives it a natural look.

Some patients report tenderness or pain in the days immediately following the procedure. But it’s usually minimal, and easily controlled with simple, over-the-counter medication you may already have in the cabinet at home.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston TX, a root canal is nothing to fear. We’ve serve satisfied patients from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein, who also come to our practice for a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Request an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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A Root Canal Doesn’t Just Save a Tooth

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The term “root canal” describes the center part of a tooth, which when healthy is filled with pulp and the tooth’s nerve. But the term is also used to describe the procedure that removes the pulp. It’s formally known as root canal therapy, and it’s one of our treatments at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston.

Root canal therapy involves removing the tooth’s pulp and nerve. This becomes necessary when it becomes infected or abscessed. The tooth can still function quite well without the pulp and nerve.

The nerve and pulp of a tooth can become infected or inflamed due to decay, cracks in the tooth, trauma, or even a large filling. Symptoms include swelling and extreme sensitivity.

X-rays will confirm whether there is any infection. When the decision is made to proceed with root canal treatment, an access hole is drilled in the tooth and all of the infected tissue is removed, along with any related debris. The entire area is cleaned out and sealed.

It is common to wait a week or so before the tooth is sealed. This is a precaution against additional infection. As a final step a crown may be necessary. The original tooth is still there, but may be damaged due to decay or other weakness.

Throughtout the entire root canal procedure, patient comfort is uppermost in our minds. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston sedation is always and option. Remember, root canal treatment is safe and common, and we’ll take good care of you.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Saving Teeth

Root Canals in HoustonWhen a tooth is threatened by extreme decay, disease, or damage, a root canal may be the only way to save it. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, root canals relieve pain.

During a root canal  (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is taken out. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.

The root canal is only the primary step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The last steps are the core build-up and crown.

Too often, people are frightened by the prospect of having a root canal. But it’s usually the only way to save a tooth, and at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston they’re not much different than having a cavity filled. We also offer complete general dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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