Our dentist is experienced in root canal therapy in Houston and recommends root canal treatment when patients want to keep teeth that have been severely damaged by decay or physical trauma. This procedure relieves acute symptoms of tooth infection such as severe pain and swelling, and it prevents long-term complications of untreated infections such as potentially life-threatening systemic infections.
Root canal treatment benefits patients in a number of ways. Cosmetically, natural teeth are often superior to replacements that patients would need if they had teeth extracted. In terms of comfort, patients benefit immediately from elimination of throbbing pain and over time through the retention of natural teeth that fit the mouth perfectly. This treatment from our Houston root canal therapy provider also saves patients more money compared to tooth extraction and replacement.
Left untreated, tooth infections can develop abscesses and unleash bacteria into the bloodstream, where the bacteria can damage the heart, lungs and blood vessels. Furthermore, untreated tooth infections can result in decay spreading throughout the mouth and causing tooth loss, gum disease, and jaw bone deterioration.
Our Houston root canal therapy provider begins this procedure by using X-rays to locate the decay within the infected tooth. Next, our endodontist drills into the tooth to reach the infected pulp. After removing the infected tissue, our endodontist fills the new hole with packing material that has been medicated to prevent re-infection. Finally, our dentist places a filling over the packing material and adds a crown to protect the tooth and normalize its appearance. Our dentist is experienced in root canal therapy in Houston and provides the most effective treatment option for the patients.
In some cases, our endodontist may recommend root canal surgery over a standard root canal due to severity of damage or re-occurrence of an infection. With proper care, teeth repaired through root canal therapy can last for many years without additional treatment. Contrary to popular misconception, root canal therapy is no more unpleasant than a filling. This is thanks to local anesthesia which prevents pain and sedation which reduces or eliminates anxiety during the procedure for patients who qualify. Patients who want to learn more about root canal treatment can schedule a consultation with our dentist in Houston.
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