Root Canal

Root Canal in Houston, TX

Root canals have a fearsome reputation, and many people quiver at the thought of going through the procedure. But did you know that actual root canal patients report that the procedure is no more uncomfortable than getting fillings? Local anesthetic is used to numb the area completely, so you will feel no pain whatsoever. If you are extremely anxious or fearful, your Houston, TX dentist can offer other ways to help you relax.

What is a Root Canal?

The root canals are narrow passages originating from the dental pulp (the inner chamber at the center of each tooth) and branching down to the tip of the tooth root. When there is traumatic injury or when bacteria enter a deep cavity, infection spreads from the dental pulp to the root canals. If left untreated, infection can spread to neighboring teeth, cause abscesses and destroy bone.

Root canals I think are the stuff of urban legend. I think that everybody has a story to tell about somebody that they know that had the worst experience of their life having a root canal. Unfortunately, I think that those have been spread by patients who did have a bad experience unfortunately because they waited too long. Most of the time, a root canal is something that’s very easy to perform. It’s actually a lot easier than doing an extraction, pulling a tooth, because it requires less anesthetic. In most cases, the patient doesn’t feel a thing.

The horror stories that patients hear about are of the patients that avoided having treatment done and then developed secondary systems like swelling and an abscess and all kinds of other things that prevented the treatment from going smoothly. But, for the most part, on an average basis when we do root canals, most of the time the patient isn’t even aware of it. They don’t feel any different than if we were doing a filling, or if we were doing a crown.

The root canal procedure is very, very simple to do and it is an option for patients when there is decay that has invaded the nerve of the tooth. In order to save that tooth, we have to remove the nerve tissue. And like I said, it’s actually very minimally invasive, it’s a lot easier to do than just performing an extraction or removing the tooth.

An infected pulp is usually accompanied by these symptoms:

  • Severe, throbbing pain aggravated by pressure (pain may sometimes disappear and come back)
  • Swelling
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tooth sensitivity

Sometimes, a diseased pulp shows no symptoms, but the problem can be detected through X-rays. This is why it’s important to see your dentist regularly for checkups. If you experience symptoms of dental pulp infection, see your dentist in Houston, TX right away.

The Procedure

A root canal is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures. After numbing the site, Dr. Crouse will remove the infected pulp and decayed areas. Your dentist will then clean and sanitize the space, including the tiny root canals. Finally, the space is filled with rubbery material. If the affected tooth is in the back (molar or premolar), a dental crown is used to restore the structure.

Don’t ignore toothache or persistent discomfort. You may need a root canal treatment immediately. Call 713-812-1712 now or click here to make an appointment at Precise Dental of Houston for root canal in Houston, TX.