A root canal is a procedure we perform at Smiles of Midtown to repair a tooth that has become damaged due to decay, infection, or trauma. The procedure
involves removing the tooth’s inner pulp and nerve tissue, then sealing it to prevent subsequent damage. After this treatment, the tooth will become brittle and prone to fractures, so a crown is usually recommended to strengthen and protect the tooth from further damage.
After your root canal, your tooth may be sensitive for a few days due to the inflammation at the root tip. It’s essential to keep the area clean and avoid chewing on the affected side until it fully heals. With good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist, most patients can expect to keep their natural smile for a lifetime.
Reasons for Choosing a Root Canal
A root canal may be the best way to save a tooth badly damaged due to decay or injury. When the tooth's pulp is infected and inflamed, it can be excruciating to bite down or chew on that side. The infection can also spread and affect the other teeth. A root canal is the best solution to prevent these issues and also prevent the extraction of the affected tooth.
A severe toothache can be very uncomfortable for patients and affect their quality of life. Pain can be relieved with a root canal procedure that removes the diseased part of the tooth and replaces it with a filling material. After the infection has been cleared, patients report not feeling any more pain or discomfort from the tooth. They also report a significant improvement in their quality of life after completing the treatment.
The Root Canal Treatment Procedure
During a root canal procedure, we remove the diseased tissue from the inside of your tooth and fill the tooth with a material called gutta-percha to prevent further infection. We then cap the tooth with a dental crown for a seamless finish. And before you know it, you’ll be pain-free!
While many people dread the idea of a root canal, it’s a simple and painless procedure that saves your natural tooth from needing to be removed. It’s a minor surgery compared to removing the entire tooth. After your root canal, you’ll need to continue to brush and floss your teeth and visit the dentist regularly to keep your smile healthy and clean.
If you’re experiencing pain in your mouth or need a root canal, visit Smiles of Midtown at 3600 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77004, or call (713) 523-6848.