A root canal is a common dental procedure to treat damaged or infected pulp located inside your teeth at the root. Injuries or untreated cavities can cause infection in the roots of your teeth, which can cause severe tooth pain and make life miserable for you. With a root canal, the goal is not just to relieve your pain, but to treat the affected tooth and restore it to its natural function.
Here is a step-by-step explanation of how root canal treatment works:
First, the team at Dentistry of Highland Village uses a local anesthesia to numb the affected tooth. They typically set up a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep it clean and dry during treatment.
They use a small drill to “open” your tooth, creating a small opening in the top in order to access the root inside. Next, they use small filing tools to remove the infected pulp inside your tooth. Depending on your situation, they also might administer a solution that kills off any remaining bacteria inside your tooth to prevent further infection.
After clearing away the diseased pulp and cleaning the root with disinfectant, they fill it with rubber-like material and cap your tooth with a temporary filling.
Root canal treatment usually involves two visits to the Houston office. At the second visit, you will probably need a dental crown put in to support and strengthen the treated tooth. The crown helps ensure a stabilized restoration. Future visits are strictly to monitor progress and make sure the treated tooth is still strong and healthy.
There's a common misconception that root canal treatment is extremely painful. Your infected tooth is what's painful. Root canal treatment gets rid of your infection, and the procedure itself is virtually painless.
After root canal treatment, the team at Dentistry of Highland Village maintains follow-up visits with you to make sure all signs of infection are gone. They may opt for additional X-rays just to be sure.
Also, practicing proper brushing and flossing techniques every day helps maintain the health of your treated tooth and stave off future infection.
If you need to get a root canal or simply want to learn more, call or use the online booking tool today and set up a consultation.
At Dentistry of Highland Village, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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