Root Canal Therapy Overview
At Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, our talented team strives to offer conservative yet comprehensive care to meet your family's needs. Teeth that are broken, injured, or decayed are often treated with a filling or other restoration. However, when the damage is too great and impacts the center area and nerves of the tooth (pulp), endodontic treatment may be necessary to save the tooth from needing an extraction. A root canal is a type of endodontic procedure that we offer to treat teeth that are damaged or infected internally to preserve your oral health and function. When damaged or infected teeth remain untreated, the risk of tooth loss increases and the oral infection may impact other parts of your body and general health.
General dentist Dr. Saba Jamali may recommend a root canal for teeth that are abscessed, injured, extensively decayed, or infected. Using modern techniques and effective dental anesthesia, our team provides root canal therapy with minimal discomfort. If you have a damaged tooth, please do not avoid root canal therapy if this treatment is needed to save your oral health. We take a gentle approach to care and always place your comfort and safety as our top priority. Sedation dentistry may also be combined with your root canal procedure to help you relax and enjoy a pleasant dental experience. To learn more about modern endodontics for an infected tooth, get touch with our Houston, TX team today.
Best Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
Teeth that are cracked, fractured, injured, infected, or significantly decayed may require root canal therapy. When teeth are injured or decayed, bacteria may find their way into the center portion of the tooth where they cause inflammation and infection. This infection may travel down the roots and into the bone, leading to further damage, discomfort, and other health issues. Please talk to our Houston, TX team right away if you experienced one or more signs or symptoms of a tooth infection:
- Blister-like bump on the gums
- Discoloration or graying of a tooth
- Toothache, pressure, or dull pain in the jaw
- Pain or discomfort when biting or chewing
- Sensitivity to sweets or hot and cold temperatures
What To Expect with Root Canal Therapy
We understand that you may have concerns about your comfort during a root canal procedure. However, with advanced techniques and effective dental anesthetics, having a root canal performed on your tooth is nothing to fear. Please talk with Dr. Jamali during your consultation if you are anxious and believe you may benefit from sedation dentistry services for your procedure. We offer nitrous oxide sedation for mild dental fear along with oral-conscious sedation for those who have more moderate anxiety. Our team can help you select the option to best meet your needs.
On the day of your root canal procedure, your tooth and surrounding tissues will be thoroughly numbed with an effective local anesthetic. We will then create a small opening in the top of the tooth and clean out the damaged areas within the pulp and down through your tooth roots. Using special endodontic files, our team will reshape your roots and then disinfect the tooth. A special filling material will be placed and sealed off with a sedative filling. Your tooth will then be given time to heal.
Endodontic therapy can help to save a damaged tooth from requiring extraction and can minimize the need for more complex dental needs. Root canal therapy removes the nerve and blood supply of a tooth, which may make the teeth more brittle and at a greater risk for breaking. Following a root canal, Dr. Jamali may recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth while restoring normal function and appearance.
Root Canal Therapy Recovery
When your root canal therapy is complete, Dr. Jamali and our team will give you instructions on caring for your mouth as your tooth heals. It is best to wait until your mouth no longer feels numb to eat to reduce the chance of biting on your soft tissue. You should also have an adult companion drive you home if you received oral-conscious sedation for your procedure since you will feel drowsy for a few hours until the sedative effects fully leave your body. You may have some tenderness around your treated tooth, which can often be relieved with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. In some cases, Dr. Jamali may prescribe an antibiotic to help minimize the infection in your jaw. A few weeks after your root canal, we will have you return for a follow-up evaluation to check your healing. Keeping up with routine daily home care and regular cleaning and exam visits with our team can help keep your smile in good health following endodontic care.
Root Canal Therapy Insurance Coverage
Many dental insurance plans offer some coverage toward root canal therapy. Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is a participating provider for most major PPO dental plans and will work to help you maximize your insurance benefits. We want you to get the care you need for better oral health and offer payment solutions to make your care easier to afford. If you have personal expenses for your endodontic treatment, talk to our team about our convenient payment methods, including flexible patient financing plans through CareCredit®.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal procedure may be necessary to save your tooth from extraction and bring health back to your smile. At Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, Dr. Jamali and our team cater to your comfort and are committed to making your root canal procedure as relaxed and positive as possible. Please do not put off treatment if you have tooth discoloration, pain, or other symptoms that may be coming from a damaged, infected, or injured tooth. Get in touch with our Houston, TX team who puts your care and comfort first and schedule your evaluation today.