How does your tooth become infected in the first place? Ordinarily, your tooth has a protective barrier in the form of your enamel, that encompasses it and keeps out bacteria. When that barrier is breached, such as from a large cavity, a deep filling, a chip, or a crack, the result is pain, which can range from mild to severe. It’s typically accompanied by sensitivity to foods and drinks that are hot or cold. You might also notice gum tenderness or tooth discoloration. Our Houston dentist will examine you and take x-rays in order to determine if root canal therapy is the appropriate treatment. You will be numbed with local anesthesia to make certain that you are comfortable. If you desire, sedation dentistry is also available so that you can dampen any nervousness that you have. It may take more than one visit to our Houston dentist to complete root canal therapy. This will depend on, among other factors, how many canals your tooth has. The process involves removal of the injured pulp and nerve, cleaning and disinfecting of the canals, and then sealing them to prevent further infection. Between sessions, you will be fitted with a temporary crown or filling. And upon completion of the root canal therapy and proper time for healing, you will be fitted with a permanent crown.
Don’t let yourself be in pain for any longer than absolutely necessary. Call our Houston dentist office and book an appointment.