Root canals are used to treat advanced tooth decay or a severely damaged tooth. An effective and conservative dental procedure, root canals help maintain the integrity of the oral foundation. Root canals are most commonly used to treat decay that has spread into the pulp of the tooth. A painful condition, root canal infections should be treated as soon as possible to avoid the need for a tooth extraction.
Houston, TX dentist Dr. Eddie Pruit will always recommend the most conservative dental treatment option to avoid extracting a tooth. A root canal will help retain the natural bite and jaw structure. Root canals are preferred to tooth extraction for their long term oral health benefits.
Root Canal What to Expect
Contrary to common belief, root canals are often no more uncomfortable than a standard dental filling. Many patients even enjoy pain relief after their root canal treatment. The discomfort associated with the root canal treatment more commonly caused by the infection itself. Inflamed tooth pulp can be quite painful and once removed feels much better.
The root canal procedure is designed to remove the diseased pulp tissue from the tooth. Removing the infected pulp allows the gums and tooth to heal preventing further deterioration the tooth structure. The root canal procedure can typically be completed in one visit to our Houston, TX dentist office. A small hole will be made in the back of the tooth and a special tool will be used to remove the diseased pulp. Once cleaned, the tooth will be filled with a biocompatible resin and sealed shut. Dr. Pruitt may recommend a dental crown to help secure the tooth structure.
Using a local anesthetic, Dr. Pruitt ensures the comfort of our patients for the ease of treatment during a root canal. For patients with dental anxiety, we also offer a range of sedation dentistry options including IV sedation. Sedation options can be discussed during your dental consultation and will be administered on the day of treatment. Patients who choose sedation dentistry may require a ride to and from their appointment.