Endodontic Treatments 

For dental patients who are experiencing severe tooth decay or other oral disease, a simple filling may not be sufficient to alleviate your pain. When infection strikes below the surface of the enamel it can quickly invade the canals below the gum line, found in the roots of your tooth. This can be painful as the infection begins to threaten nearby nerve endings. The good news is that Moberi Dental Specialists are highly trained in root canal procedures, also known as endodontic treatment. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do I Need a Special Dentist for Endodontic Treatment? 

Every licensed dentist should have received training in endodontic treatment while attending dental school. However, depending on his or her comfort level with root canal procedures, your general dentist may refer you to a dentist who specializes in endodontics for restoration of your tooth.

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in root canals and other endodontic procedures. Typically, this will mean that he or she completed additional training in endodontics after the completion of traditional dental school. In addition to root canals, these professionals are specially trained to diagnose and treat more complex dental issues than a general dentist. 

How Will I Know If I Need Endodontic Treatment? 

Only your dentist can confirm your dental diagnosis and subsequent need for endodontic treatment. This is normally confirmed through the use of dental x-rays.

Endodontic treatment is typically required any time that the pulp or nerve inside your tooth has become infected. This can be caused by a number of conditions, the most common of which include advanced tooth decay or trauma to your teeth such as a crack, chip or other injury.

The need for a root canal is usually accompanied by intense pain, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, and swelling of the surrounding gum tissue. However, such symptoms do not accompany every dental condition that requires endodontic treatment. 

What is Involved in Endodontic Treatment? 

First and foremost, your dentist or endodontist will numb your mouth, paying close attention to numbing the area immediately around your infected or damaged tooth. The anesthetic used to numb your mouth for a root canal is similar to the anesthetic used for less invasive procedures such as dental fillings. Once your mouth is completely numb, your dentist will drill into your tooth and remove all of the infected pulp and nerves found beneath the surface of your enamel. Depending on the severity and depth of your infection, the endodontist may have to cut through your gum tissue to reach the affected roots.

Once the pulp has been completely removed, your root canals will be sterilized and cleaned. Finally, the location where your dentist drilled into your tooth will be filled and sealed. You may also receive a crown to protect your tooth and restore its function. 

Is Endodontic Treatment Painful? 

Patients who are in need of endodontic treatment often come to our office already in extreme pain. A root canal is used to relieve the nerve inflammation and pain you are likely experiencing due to your infection. Your mouth will be numbed prior to the procedure and you should remain comfortable during your root canal.

You may experience swelling and some discomfort when chewing after your root canal is complete. However, your dentist will provide pain medication to help treat your infection and make you more comfortable. 

What Should I Expect During Recovery From Endodontic Treatment?

You should not plan to eat or bite anything until after your affected tooth has been fitted for a crown or other protective restoration. Additionally, you may experience some swelling and discomfort at the procedure site, but be able to return to work, school or other normal activities the following day. 

How Long Should My Endodontic Treatment Last? 

With proper at-home dental care and routine professional check-ups, your endodontic restoration should last for several years, perhaps a lifetime. Your dentist will keep a close eye on your restoration and notify you of any repairs that may be needed over time.

In very rare cases, your endodontic treatment may fail to properly heal which may require the procedure to be repeated, or for your entire tooth to be extracted. 

How Much Does Endodontic Treatment Cost? 

The cost of your treatment can vary widely depending on which tooth or teeth are infected as well as the severity or depth of the infection. If you are concerned about the cost of your procedure, please discuss this with our office prior to undergoing treatment.


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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.

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.