Endodontics

Endodontics in Houston

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MoBeri Dental Specialists is the practice of Dr. James C. Morrison, Jr., DMD, PA, a board- eligible endodontist and Dr. Dina Brampiour.

A former scholar-athlete at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Morrison completed his dental training at the distinguished University of Pennsylvania, and endodontic training at the renowned Boston University School of Dental Medicine – department of Endodontics. He employs years of experience, which has brought distinguished accolades and honors within the professional community, including a term as the National President of the Student National Dental Association.

Dr. Dina Bramipour graduated with her doctorate’s degree in Medical Dentistry from the University of Montreal. She then attended McGill University’s post-doctoral program in General Dentistry Residency. She also worked at Montreal General Hospital. She received her postgraduate certificate in endodontics from University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. She worked extensively in research and has been published in the Journal of Endodontics and has presented at several international endodontic conferences.

What is endodontics?

In their years of practice as an endodontist in the areas of Cypress and Houston TX, Dr. Morrison and Dr. Bramipour advise their patients that tooth extraction is always the last resort when dealing with cases of badly damaged teeth. They stress that no artificial tooth will ever be as good as your natural tooth. That is why they would exercise all means of saving and restoring the normal structure and function of their patient’s natural tooth.

Endodontics is a field of specialization in dentistry that focuses on the study as well as treatment of the dental pulp. If the tooth pulp gets inflamed or infected it is necessary for patients to undergo endodontic treatments to be able to save the tooth, because if left untreated the infection could result in extreme pain and abscess.

As an endodontist, Dr. Morrison and Dr. Bramipour specialize in treating different endodontic conditions such as root canal therapy, endodontic retreatment, cracked teeth, and addressing dental trauma. Endodontics involves employing different dental procedures to be able to salvage the tooth.

 
Why is endodontics a good option for tooth damage?

When the tooth pulp is infected or injured, it does not have the ability to repair itself. When patients have a bad case of tooth decay or a cracked tooth, bacteria can get into the crack or cavity and as a consequence, the dental pulp will be destroyed. If left untreated, the bacteria can penetrate the root openings and a patient’s bone can be infected as well. This can weaken the bone and the ligaments around the patient’s tooth will swell and the tooth will eventually come loose. This will manifest as sensitivity to hot and cold temperature and extreme throbbing pain.

Tooth extraction is considered the last option in cases like this and the endodontist’s goal is to employ all measures possible to save the tooth and restore its structure and function. Although extracting the tooth may seem the easiest route in these cases. Losing a tooth has many disadvantages. A missing tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to be crooked because of the gap that it has created, which in the long run can create issues in a patient’s bite. So while there is a chance to save the tooth, it is always a good decision to choose to have an endodontic treatment rather than getting the tooth extracted.

What are the different types of endodontic treatment in Houston?

For every case of tooth damage, endodontists have a specific treatment to be able to control the infection or damage and save the tooth.

Root Canal or Endodontic Therapy – The procedure involves the complete removal of everything that can be found in the root canal. The cavity is cleaned completely, shaped and decontaminated. The open cavity is then filled and the filling is molded to mimic the shape of a natural tooth surface. Full function and appearance is then restored after an endodontic therapy. A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy is considered dead because it no longer has a blood and nerve supply so in turn, the patient will no longer feel any pain or discomfort from that tooth and it will not suffer any more future damage from infection.

Root Canal Retreatment – In cases when a root canal was not properly done or did not heal properly, Dr. Morrison and Dr. Bramipour can assist you in completely eradicating the cause of the infection and perform the root canal treatment properly. Your dentist will have to re-open the tooth cavity and re-do the procedure making sure that nothing is skipped or left out to cause any further complications.

Cracked Teeth – when the tooth cracks, the pulp becomes very vulnerable to outside factors and it is very possible for it to contract an infection later on. It is important to provide proper endodontic care for patients with a cracked tooth because if left untreated this can cause the patient extreme damage and possible tooth loss.

Apicoectomy – this is a procedure that is used when the patient’s tooth root has been infected. In an attempt to salvage the tooth, your dentist will open the gum tissue to remove the infected root as well as the surrounding tissues.

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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.