Root canals allow us to save teeth rather than extracting them. We know that many patients have concerns about root canals because they are afraid they might hurt, but with advancements in techniques as well as the instruments we use, root canals do not have to feel any different than getting a filling.
Much of the association with pain comes from the symptoms that accompany tooth infections, which can be severe. Some of the symptoms you might experience include:
- Tooth discoloration
- Facial swelling
- Jaw pain
- A bump on your gums
- Bad taste in your mouth
Often in the early stages, you may not know that you have an infected tooth. That is why when patients finally come to our office, they are often experiencing extreme pain.
What Causes the Need for a Root Canal?
We often never learn why teeth become infected, but sometimes it can be due to deep decay, trauma that causes damage, or even severe cases of clenching or grinding your teeth.
Whatever the cause, we will do our best to save your tooth with a root canal.
What Is Root Canal Therapy
When you get an infection inside your tooth, the small chamber that houses your nerve and the soft tissue called pulp, it will not usually go away on its own and you may require a root canal to eliminate the infection.
Dr. Kathy Nguyen is extremely gentle, and before she begins, she will make sure you are completely numb. We even have a special numbing device that allows us to give nearly painless shots, increasing the comfort of your experience. Once the anesthetic takes effect, Dr. Nguyen will make a small hole in your tooth in order to access its canal. She will then thoroughly remove the bacteria, infection, nerve, and pulp inside your tooth. Then she will fill the canals and add any medication necessary to help you heal quickly.
Once your root canal therapy is complete, she will seal your tooth to keep out food and bacteria. An additional restoration may provide more stability for your tooth.
Root Canal Restorations
Having a root canal makes your tooth more brittle than your other teeth. Since your teeth absorb a lot of force from chewing, a restoration can provide additional strength and stability. In some cases, a filling will be enough to protect your tooth, but for chewing teeth, like molars, we might recommend a dental crown that can absorb some of the force exerted by your jaws as you eat.
Do You Have Tooth Pain?
Call our Houston, TX dental office and schedule an exam here at Awesome Smiles. We look forward to providing outstanding dental care for your entire family. The sooner you call, the sooner we can have you feeling like yourself again!
Most of our dental services are covered by Medicaid, CHIP, and most dental insurance plans.