A root canal procedure performed on an impaired tooth is the preferred treatment if one wants to save the tooth and avoid tooth extraction. Many patients believe that removing an infected tooth will solve their problem. But what they don’t know is that removing a tooth will eventually be more expensive and cause considerable problems for adjacent teeth.
At Stone Lake Dentistry in Cypress, TX 77429, our goal is to repair and restore an infected or weakened tooth, with extraction as an absolute final option. We will try to preserve your best smile while ensuring the function is never compromised. Recent advancements in dental technology for root canals have made it a quicker, easier, and often pain-free procedure.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a procedure aimed at the nerves of a tooth affected by infection or decay. To save the tooth, its pulp, nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed, and the resulting void is packed with special, medicated materials, which give back the tooth its full function. Root canal therapy is highly effective and typically lasts a lifetime unless any new infections occur.
When Should You Have a Root Canal?
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp.
- Abscess or infection has formed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
- Injury or trauma to the tooth.
- Persistent sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- Severe toothache pain.
- Tenderness or swelling near the infected tooth.
What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?
First, an anesthetic will be administered to the tooth. Then, to keep it free of saliva and dry, a rubber dam will be placed around the tooth. A hole will then be opened on top of the tooth, where a series of root canal files are inserted to remove the pulp, nerve tissue, and decay. Once the tooth is meticulously cleaned, it will be sealed with a temporary filling.
During the next appointment, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with unique dental medications. The tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure should be further strengthened by placing a dental restoration such as a crown. This will safeguard the tooth and prevent it from breakage, and restores its full function.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the swelling reduces and the tooth has healed.
If you are interested in learning more about root canal therapy, call Stone Lake Dentistry in Cypress, TX 77429 at (832) 930-7856 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christian Escobar.