What Is a Root Canal?
At Made Ya Smile Dental, our team of restorative dentists routinely screen for tooth decay and damage and seek to treat these conditions as early as possible with a filling or similar restoration. If bacteria spread into the internal portion, or pulp, of a tooth, infection results and a root canal is needed to save the tooth from requiring extraction. Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatments used to eliminate infected pulp tissue from within the tooth, sterilize the root canals, and seal off the area. This type of care can alleviate pain in an infected tooth while restoring function and oral health. Treating a tooth infection as soon as possible also minimizes the risk of infection entering your bloodstream and affecting your general health.
Some patients are fearful of having a root canal procedure due to concerns over their comfort during care. Our team routinely performs root canals for our patients and caters to those who have anxiety about visiting the dentist. We offer sedation dentistry options to place you right at ease during your appointment and effectively numb the tooth and surrounding areas so that you can experience your treatment without worrying about feeling pain. If you have a toothache or think you may need a root canal, please do not hesitate to contact our Houston, TX dental team to learn about this procedure, how long a root canal takes, and our sedation solutions. Treating your tooth now may save you from needing a tooth extraction or more extensive dental care to return health to your smile.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"Val and Dr. took good care of me through a root canal. Very caring and professional."- P.R. / Google / Feb 02, 2022
"Dr. Olson and Irma are absolutely wonderful! They made getting a root canal a dream."- L.J. / Google / May 20, 2022
"I recommend it 1000% I am super grateful! I had a mess in my mouth, I needed crowns on the molars, an implant, a root canal, and more than 4 cavities in different teeth…. 7 years suffering at the hands of many dentists… what one doctor fixed for me, the other destroyed… I couldn't even use dental floss for fear that the old amalgams would come off… Dr. Abraham Thomas is super detailed, not only take care of dental health… also pay attention to aesthetics! 🙏🏻 He and his entire team are Pros. @christian_sba"- C.S. / Google / Aug 06, 2022
"I give this office 5 stars! Dr. Bartholomew is probably one of the most kind, patient people I've ever met. He and his staff go out of their way to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible. I struggle with anxiety anytime I go to the dentist, but I would gladly return to Made Ya Smile. I was provided with a relaxing video to watch during my root canal as well as squishies to use during the procedure! Wendy and Dr. Bartholomew did a great job easing my nervousness and overall taking care of my dental needs. I just want to thank them so much for such a great experience!!"- S.F. / Google / Aug 06, 2022
"I love this staff! WOW! They are such a blessing to this industry. Thank you [Mahalo] for your loving services. In a dentist chair people feel scared, face money anxieties at the medical costs, and fear the outcome of dental surgery, but these brilliant health professionals will make you feel right at home, cared for, and loved as if you were family. I highly recommend this dental office. If you don't think you can afford it, give them a try. They will work with you in every way possible! I had a root canal done recently. The work was painless, and done with care. The only thing I had to do was wait a few weeks for my crown to get back, and that is due to the pandemic."- A.H. / Google / Sep 03, 2022
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
The need for root canal therapy may arise from a large cavity, decay that reaches the pulp (center) of the tooth, physical injury or trauma to a tooth, or a cracked or fractured tooth. Treating any of these conditions as early as possible can minimize the extent of the damage and, ultimately, your treatment needs. Infected pulp tissue that remains untreated can spread to the underlying bone and other parts of your mouth and may even threaten your general health. If you find yourself wondering, "Do I need a root canal?" or notice any of the signs and symptoms of an internally infected or damaged tooth, contact our team at Made Ya Smile Dental right away. Our gentle chairside approach, along with sedation dentistry services, can help you enjoy a comfortable and stress-free visit when undergoing root canal therapy.
Common signs and symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include:
• Jaw or toothache
• Dull or throbbing pain
• Discolored or swollen gums
• Pimple-like area on the gums
• Graying or discoloration of a tooth
What Is the Root Canal Process?
During your treatment consultation to determine if you need endodontics for an infected tooth, we will review the procedure and administer sedation if needed, such as nitrous oxide (laughing) gas or oral-conscious sedation. Our dentists will also numb your tooth and surrounding tissues to ensure a comfortable procedure. At Made Ya Smile Dental, we want you to get the care you need without having to worry about discomfort and cater to those who are dental averse.
Once you are numb and ready for your procedure, our dentists will create an opening in the tooth and thoroughly remove the infection from within the pulp chamber and canals of the tooth. We will add filling material to rebuild the internal structure and strengthen your tooth to restore function. A sedative filling will then be placed and will remain until your tooth fully heals. Post-op instructions will be given to you regarding how to care for your tooth during the recovery phase.
Recovery After Root Canal Therapy
If oral-conscious sedation was administered, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home after your root canal is complete. You may notice some minor swelling or discomfort in your gums and face for a few days following your procedure. Cold compresses and nonprescription pain relievers can help minimize these symptoms and keep you comfortable while you heal. We may give you a prescription for antibiotics to also help treat the infection and keep it from affecting other parts of your body. When the infection is fully resolved, our doctors will recommend a permanent restoration to seal off the tooth and ensure proper function and appearance. Teeth that receive root canal therapy are more susceptible to breaking as these teeth are no longer vital. In many cases, a dental crown is needed to strengthen and protect the tooth from further damage. Our team will continue to monitor the health of your treated tooth at each of your routine dental cleaning and exam visits.
Are Root Canals Covered by Insurance?
Root canal therapy may be a covered benefit, depending on your individual dental insurance provider and plan. Before starting your treatment, we will contact your provider and review your coverage limits. Our team will be sure to let you know of any estimated out-of-pocket costs prior to starting your root canal. At Made Ya Smile Dental, we are happy to work with you and help you find the best treatment and payment solutions to meet your needs. Our practice accepts several easy payment methods and can provide information on flexible options through special medical financing.
Modern Endodontic Treatment
Root canal therapy is now faster and more comfortable than ever, thanks to advancements in dental techniques and sedation dentistry solutions. Treating an infected tooth as early as possible can save your smile from further damage and the need for more extensive and costlier procedures. Our team at Made Ya Smile Dental is comprised of some of the most highly trained dentists in the field and places a high priority on your comfort during all procedures, including endodontics for an infected tooth. For more information on how a root canal can improve your oral health and function, contact one of our friendly Houston, TX practice locations today.
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