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Root Canal Therapy is not What you Think

Tooth loss is a problem for which modern dentistry has better solutions than ever. Still, the team at Moberi Dental Specialists stands with expert opinion that it is always preferable to save natural tooth structure than to attempt to replicate natural structure with a prosthetic. Sometimes, to accomplish this goal, root canal therapy must be performed.

The Necessity for Advanced Care

We understand that most people would prefer to avoid root canal treatment if at all possible; some so much so that they consider tooth extraction as an alternative. Rather than go to that extreme, we encourage our patients to understand why root canal therapy may become necessary. With this information, there is a greater opportunity to avoid advanced dental problems.

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A root canal is performed when the innermost part of a tooth has become infected. Though this can occur as a result of direct injury, the most common reason for infection is tooth decay. When a cavity forms on surface enamel, bacteria are able to more quickly move inward through dentin, which is a softer matter. Because bacteria beneath enamel can no longer be reached with brushing and flossing, the risk of infection around the nerve of the tooth is quite high.

What is involved in Root Canal Therapy?

The root canal procedure is undoubtedly one of the most misunderstood that there is. Most people would prefer just about anything to this method of treatment. In reality, there is not much more to the root canal than there is to a standard filling. Before treating the tooth, numbing medication is administered. Patients who would like may also enhance relaxation with an appropriate sedation dentistry technique. Damaged enamel and dentin are gently removed before access is made to the root canals. Here, tiny filing instruments are used to empty canals, which are then sterilized. To complete the procedure, canals are filled with inert material, which will seal out bacteria. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth to protect it until the final restoration can be placed.

Trust the Experts

We understand that root canal therapy is nearly last on your list of things you want to do. Our training in endodontic procedures and sedation dentistry is focused on getting you out of pain with efficient dental care.

Don’t wait. Schedule a visit at Moberi Dental Specialist before pain occurs.

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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.