Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment can save a tooth from being extracted and it will leave your mouth healthy and strong.
Root Canal Treatment in Katy, TX
Root canals are inside a tooth’s structure and consist of a soft material called the pulp. The pulp is usually protected by the enamel that surrounds it, but it can develop an infection if bacteria get inside the pulp. This could be due to deep cavities or injuries. If this infection isn’t treated, you could potentially lose your tooth.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is used to save a tooth when the nerves inside the tooth become inflamed. Your dentist will need to take out the infected tissue to save the tooth. They will then clean the area out.
Symptoms of a Root Canal
If you are in need of a root canal, you will most likely be able to notice. If any of the following statements apply to you, you may need a root canal:
- Severe toothaches
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Recurring abscesses on the gums
Most of the time, a crown will be placed after the treatment is finished to protect the tooth from more damage.
What is the procedure for root canals?
The first step in root canal therapy includes x-rays to determine the extent of the damage. You will then be provided with sedation for your comfort. The dentist will carefully clean out the infectious material to leave the tooth as a hollowed-out structure. The area is then flushed with an antimicrobial liquid and then treated with medicated filling to provide strength to the tooth while it heals. A dental crown will then be placed over the tooth.
Do root canals hurt?
Many people believe that root canals are a painful procedure, but this is not the case. The root canal procedure isn’t any more painful than a tooth filling. You will be provided with an anesthetic as well so there will be minimal discomfort.
You will likely experience some discomfort or sensitivity around the area while it heals, but this is normal. Your gums can become swollen during the procedure which can cause some pain. This pain should all decrease once the tooth is healed. Once the procedure is over, your dentist will give you special instructions on how to care for the area.
If you have more questions about root canal treatment, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.