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How does My Dentist Know My Tooth is Infected?

Infection is one of the major problems for which root canal therapy is indicated. To diagnose infection in another part of the body, a medical practitioner will perform blood work. When it comes to teeth, the process isn’t quite so cut and dry. The experienced endodontist has the skill and innate ability to recognize problematic teeth, but also relies on scientific data and information obtained from the patient. Because root canal problems can be complex, it is important to consult with a highly trained dentist or endodontist to ensure the right treatment is performed.

The questions that need to be asked when assessing a damaged tooth include:

Is pulp tissue dying, or is it already dead?

With proper treatment, could pulp tissue recover from infection?

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Important Clues That you May Need Root Canal Therapy

Positional pain. If you experience sudden pain or worsening pain when you stand up or lie down, or move quickly, your tooth may be dead or abscessed.

Spontaneous pain. If you experience pain when you drink a warm or cold beverage, inflamed pulp may be able to recover with prompt treatment. Pain that comes and goes with no stimuli may indicate a dead tooth.

Referred pain. If pain exists in the mouth and is also felt in the jaw, face, or ear, there is a chance you could have an abscess.

This infection often stems from the root tip near the bone. It can be seen on x-ray imaging, and requires treatment in order to promote bone growth in the area.

Lingering pain. Pain that hangs around long after the trigger, like a hot or cold beverage, is an indication of infected pulp and a dead nerve. If your pain subside within a few minutes of drinking something hot or cold, the pulp may be able to recover with appropriate conservative treatment.

A fistula is a sore that appears on the gums. It may look like a small red, yellow, or white pimple. This lesion indicates that the body is trying to vent infectious materials. Because a fistula may develop away from the infected tooth, it is important to work with an experienced dentist who can identify which tooth needs treatment.

Moberi Dental Specialists offers uncompromised care to families in the Houston area. Don’t wait for pain to become unbearable. Schedule your visit with us today.

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Root Canal Treatment in Houston

Has your dentist or endodontist recommended that you receive a root canal treatment for a damaged or infected tooth? Often the term “root canal” is a known but scary term for dental patients. However, if you find yourself in need of a root canal, rest assured that you are not alone. Millions of Americans require a root canal or other endodontic treatment every year.

What Causes the Need For a Root Canal?

Our teeth are covered in a hard layer of protective enamel. The purpose of this enamel is to prevent the exposure of the many sensitive structures that lie within our teeth. Inside our teeth, in the pulp, there are many blood vessels and nerves to be found.

If the pulp inside of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed after a dental injury or advancement of tooth decay, the most appropriate treatment of your tooth is a root canal procedure.

What Are the Symptoms of an Inflamed or Infected Tooth?

While you may not experience any symptoms to indicate an infection, many of our patients report intense pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, swollen and painful gums and even drainage of infected fluid around the tooth.

What is Involved in a Root Canal Procedure?

During a root canal procedure, your mouth will be numbed so that your dentist or endodontist can remove the infected pulp from inside of your tooth roots. The dentist will drill into your affected tooth or may even have to cut into your gum tissue in order to properly clean your root canals and eliminate the infection. After the inside of your tooth is completely disinfected, it will be filled with a rubber-like material and covered with a crown or other restoration.

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Is a Root Canal Painful?

Your dentist will use the same anesthetic that he or she uses for dental fillings during your root canal procedure. Therefore, your mouth will be fully numb and you should be comfortable during the procedure. Depending on the level of infection to be treated, your mouth may be swollen and you may have discomfort for a couple of days after treatment. If this is the case, your dentist can provide pain medication.

How Many Office Visits Does a Root Canal Require?

Typically, a root canal can be performed in just one office visit within an hour or two. However, delays may arise if your dentist recommends that your tooth be restored with a crown following the procedure. If this is the case then you may be fitted for a temporary crown during your first visit and asked to return when your permanent crown is ready for placement.

How Long Will My Root Canal Treatment Be Effective?

A root canal restores much of the function and appearance of your natural tooth structure. This means that with proper at-home care and regular dental check-ups, just as you would do for your other teeth, treatment of your affected tooth will last years maybe even your lifetime.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal or have been told you need the procedure and are looking for a qualified endodontist contact Moberi Dental Specialists for a consultation today.