The Superhero Dental Treatment Used to Save Your Teeth
Have you been experiencing extreme discomfort in your tooth that is continuing to worsen? Or do you have a tooth that has been previously filled and is bothering you? If this sounds like what you are experiencing, we may recommend a root canal treatment. Thanks to television, movies and social media, root canals are often portrayed as a treatment that is full of pain, leaving patients fearful of this treatment method. Thanks to modern technology and updated dental techniques, a root canal treatment is safe, gentle and an excellent way to save your tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is used as a way to save your tooth after an infection. When a tooth is experiencing decay or damage of some kind, it can continue to spread from the enamel, or outer part of the tooth, to the pulp, or the inner part of the tooth. The process of a root canal includes placing a small hole in the tooth, removing the decay and infection from the pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and finally filling the hole and sealing it closed. Many patients will need to complete the process with a dental crown because the existing tooth structure is too damaged.
Warning Signs That Indicate a Problem
We highly encourage you to visit our office for routine examinations and schedule any recommended treatments in a timely fashion. When you don’t, you are increasing the likelihood of developing a serious dental issue that may require a root canal. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to schedule an appointment as soon as possible:
- Frequent tooth sensitivity to cold and hot
- Swollen and tender gums
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discomfort in teeth with fillings or a dental crown
Please don’t postpone treatment for a tooth that is causing you discomfort. If an infected tooth is left untreated, it will not heal on its own and will cause more damage to your jaw and body over time. If you have not visited our office located in Houston, TX recently or are feeling tooth discomfort, please call us today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!