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Root Canals in Houston

Solving Toothaches or Pain With Gentle Root Canal Therapy

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.

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.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

After the inner pulp of a tooth becomes infected, root canal therapy may be the only way to effectively restore the health and function of the tooth. Without treatment, the affected area may develop into a painful toothache that spreads into the jawbone and surrounding teeth, weakening surrounding teeth as the infection grows. Root canal therapy and endodontic treatments effectively remove the source of pain while keeping the healthy structure of the tooth intact, so patients can enjoy their pain-free smiles for many more years.

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.”

Dr. Williams

“It’s rewarding in general to meet new people and help them. Dentistry directly affects their lives and smiles in their everyday life.”

Dr. Ma