Root Canal Therapy
Gentle Restorative Dentistry in EaDo
What is a Root Canal?
Root canals occur when the soft inner tissue inside the tooth is diseased or injured. A cracked tooth, deep cavity, complications with a large filling or dental injury can expose the soft inner pulp of the tooth to bacteria, decay and injury. When these inner nerves and blood vessels are affected, you may feel pain in the tooth and throughout the jaw. If left untreated, a root canal can worsen and affect the surrounding teeth or bone in the jaw, resulting in tooth loss or the need to remove a damaged tooth.
Is a Root Canal Necessary?
If a tooth is damaged or infected, root canal therapy is the best way to save it and avoid a necessary extraction down the road. Painful, throbbing toothaches are a sign of an infected tooth and an indicator that you should seek professional dental treatment right away. Root canal therapy can get you out of pain and discomfort, and protect your tooth from further damage. If left untreated, an infection can spread and lead to more serious problems. Call us today to schedule an appointment with a skilled Houston dentist if you are experiencing symptoms of an infected tooth or if you damaged and cracked your tooth in an injury.
What Causes a Tooth Infection?
Painful, infected teeth can be caused by untreated tooth decay, a cracked or broken tooth or filling, or from a gum infection. If tooth decay erodes your enamel or you have a cracked tooth, bacteria can get into the living pulp inside the tooth leading to severe pain. Tooth pulp is filled with sensitive nerves, so any bacteria or infected material inside will be incredibly painful, and root canal therapy is one of the best ways to get fast relief and ensure that no further damage is done.
Your Root Canal Process
After helping you to understand your treatment process, Dr. Williams or Dr. Ma will apply a local anesthesia to the affected area to numb the bothersome tooth and remove any pain. Next, a small hole is made into the surface of the tooth to access and remove the infected pulp. The empty root canal is then carefully cleaned with medicine to remove bacteria or infection. It is then filled with a rubber-like gutta percha that shares a similar consistency as the pulp of a regular healthy tooth. Finally, the tooth is sealed with a color matched composite filling or dental crown to maintain the tooth’s natural strength and appearance.
Signs of an Infected Tooth
Chances are if your tooth is infected you will feel pain and sensitivity. However, other signs include:
- Severe, throbbing toothache
- Swelling in your face and/or cheek
- Grayish discoloration
If you notice any other these signs or symptoms, call EaDo Family Dental right away to schedule an appointment. Our dentists will examine your mouth to determine whether root canal therapy is the right restorative option for you. An infected tooth is considered a dental emergency because immediate treatment is required to ensure the best possible outcome for your dental health. Don’t wait! Call today.
Things To Know
“Dr. Ma is by far the best dentist I have ever gone to. He’s very patient, listens to what you have to say, explains procedures in non-medical terms so you can understand, and is very nice. I had two root canals and he did a great job. Wasn’t painful at all.”
“Dr. Ma is an excellent dentist, and he makes my kids feel comfortable.”
“Pleasant visit and exam! I look forward to seeing you in six months!”
“My mom, husband and son have all had work done by Dr. Ma and we have been very pleased with the work thus far. It is greatly appreciated!”
“Wow! We had a wonderful experience with Dr. Ma today. We were greeted by the super-friendly staff, and Dr. Ma and his assistant were both extremely sweet and made my kids feel at ease. My daughter (3yo) already asked when we get to go back!”
“Dr. Ma did was amazing. He was able to fix a bad spot on my front tooth that has been bothering me since I got my braces off 12 years ago. I couldn't be happier with the results, it looks amazing! I am definitely going back for my future cleanings!”
“I loved our visit today! We were in and out in less than 30 minutes! Scheduling was easy and there is ample parking. Dr. Ma was great with my 14-month old and answered all my questions. We will definitely come back for all of our dental needs.”
“Visited this location for the first time today. I met with Dr. Ma, he was very kind and knowledgeable. He did a fantastic job on my cleaning. I also really appreciated that I didn't have a long wait and the entire visit was 40 minutes from start to finish.”
“Great Dentist. I've dealt with countless amount of dentist and never have I ever been able to refer a dentist. Everyone in this office is great and exceeded my expectations. I am actually excited to go to my next appointment!”
“I have been looking for a local dentist for a while now and I am happy that I found this place! They go above and beyond to meet your needs and make you feel comfortable. Overall - great place!”
“I got 4 fillings at EaDo Family Dental today, and it went smoother than any other dentist appointment I've had before. The staff could not have been nicer and the office is beautiful! I would definitely recommend EaDo family dental!”
A Note From Our Dentists.
“Personally it's fulfilling when I can build a connection with each patient or help children and adults feel good about their experience at the dentist.”
“It’s rewarding in general to meet new people and help them. Dentistry directly affects their lives and smiles in their everyday life.”