Moberi Dental Specialists
Endodontist located in Houston, TX
Root canals are beneficial for preserving your tooth and getting rid of any lingering infection. However, the team at Moberi Dental Specialists understand that the misconceptions surrounding a root canal can be overwhelming. With two conveniently located Houston offices in Copperfield and Galleria areas, you can receive treatment for agonizing tooth pain right away. If you know you need a root canal or are suffering from a severe toothache, schedule an evaluation today. Book either online or over the phone.
Root Canal Q & A
Why do I need a root canal?
If you have severe, deep decay that reaches your tooth’s root, it might be time for a root canal. This procedure involves carefully removing the damaged or infected soft tissues inside your tooth, known as the pulp. You may need a root canal if you have:
- Throbbing tooth pain
- Severe discomfort with hot or cold foods
- Extremely tender gums
- Pus surrounding the affected tooth
In most cases, a root canal is preferred over a tooth extraction, simply because your tooth stays in place. You won’t have to worry about teeth shifting like you would after a tooth has been pulled.
What happens during a root canal?
Before your root canal procedure begins, your doctor at Moberi Dental Specialists makes sure you are comfortable and relaxed. The team offers several types of sedation dentistry – including oral sedation – so you won’t have to worry about pain or discomfort.
After thoroughly numbing the treatment area, your endodontist makes a small hole in your tooth. He or she uses specialized ultrasonic instruments to extract your tooth’s pulp before gently reshaping the inner root with state-of-the-art nickel-titanium rotary files.
The next step involves antimicrobial agents that thoroughly clean the inside of your tooth’s root and eliminates harmful bacteria. Once your tooth is prepped and cleaned, your endodontist fills in the opening with a rubbery material.
Depending on the size of the opening needed for your root canal, you’ll either receive a tooth-colored filling or a temporary crown. It usually takes several days for the lab to prepare your permanent crown. Once it’s ready, you can come back to Moberi Dental Specialists for a root canal follow-up to have your crown bonded into place.
Is a root canal painful?
You should experience little to no discomfort during your root canal procedure at Moberi Dental Specialists. Most men and women report that a root canal is similar to having a simple filling.
If you’re worried about pain or discomfort, or know you have dental anxiety, talk with your endodontist about sedation dentistry. They work to find the right solution to ensure your entire root canal procedure is as comfortable as possible.
If you have a throbbing tooth or think you might need a root canal, schedule an evaluation at Moberi Dental Specialists. Either request an appointment online, or call the clinic to schedule.