Root canal treatment saves an infected tooth through the elimination of bacteria from within its root canal. Your endodontist removes the infected pulp, then cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth. At the end of this process, your endodontic specialist fills and seals your tooth. Through successful root canal therapy and proper ongoing care, your treated tooth can last a lifetime.
Root canal treatment relieves nagging tooth pain and saves a tooth after infection occurs deep inside its root canals. But you can rest easy in knowing that this procedure takes only a little bit longer than a tooth filling when performed by an experienced endodontist.
Endodontists across America perform millions of these procedures every year. Your endodontist knows how to relieve your pain and restore your tooth to good health, using years of experience and training received beyond dental school.
Under the white enamel of your tooth and its hard dentin, the inside of your tooth contains a spongy tissue called pulp. In the pulp are your blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. These all help your tooth grow into its permanent form. However, once your tooth is fully grown, the pulp is not vital to its survival.
Contrary to popular belief, root canals cause little pain or discomfort. You receive local anesthesia for your procedure, just as you do for a filling or wisdom tooth removal. You will experience some slight discomfort for as long as a few days after your dental appointment.
You should not eat until your numbness subsides. It usually only takes up to four hours to return to normal levels of sensations. But you can go back to your regular daily routine of school or work immediately after your root canal treatment.
A root canal works very well toward restoring your tooth to its natural functioning. You can bite, chew, and smile normally after this important, tooth-saving procedure.
Your dentist or endodontic specialist diagnoses your tooth problem, telling you when you need root canal treatment. But some signs point to a problem that may require this procedure. These signs include:
Cost varies for a root canal treatment, depending on the procedure’s difficulty and which tooth is affected. Molars cost more when receiving root canal therapy due to their bigger size and more root canals in these teeth. But most dental insurance plans pay for at least part of your treatment.
The only other option for a root canal is having your tooth extracted. Tooth extraction is more expensive than restoring your existing tooth through endodontic care.
We provide expert root canal treatment, but our other Houston dental specialty services include:
Because the procedure is less common than a dental filling, many people fear root canal treatment. But there is nothing to fear, especially under our dental professionals’ expert care and endodontists at Lovett, Splendid, and Haven dentistry. Call us today at 832.990.8754, or contact us online to schedule your dental appointment and find out why people love how we care for their smiles.