Endodontics Care

Root Canals

We specialize in Endodontics in Houston Heights

Root canals and other endodontic procedures are used to treat or eliminate tooth pain and address complications that lie within the pulp or root of the teeth. District Dental can help relieve even your worst tooth pain.

Other procedures available beyond root canals include root canal resections, the repair of cracked teeth and treatment of dental trauma. However, root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed for the purpose of eliminating tooth pain.

What is a root canal and why may I need one?

If the dental pulp becomes diseased or injured, a root canal may be required to save the entire tooth from extraction. You may experience sudden pressure, pain or discomfort when a tooth becomes severely infected or abscessed – conditions which may require treatment with a root canal.

How is a root canal performed?

Once your dentist determines that a root canal is necessary, your mouth will be completely numbed to ensure that you do not feel the effects of this invasive procedure. An opening will be made through the top, or crown, of your tooth by drilling into the pulp chamber of the tooth. Your dentist will work to remove the infected pulp from tooth and then fully clean your root canals. The root canals may also be enlarged or re-shaped. Prior to filling your root canals and closing the tooth, the infected area of your tooth will be medicated to prevent continued damage or pain.

Will receiving a root canal also require a dental crown?

If there is not enough tooth structure left following your root canal procedure to support filling the natural tooth a crown may be required. If there is not enough natural tooth in place to fit a crown, a post will be placed down the tooth root. Then a crown buildup will be made and placed around the post where the crown will be placed.

What happens if I am still in pain following my root canal?

Although rare, an infection may persist after receiving a root canal. In these cases, a root canal resection may need to be performed. This procedure involves cutting the gums to allow access to the base of your tooth where your infected pulp will be medicated and your root canals will be cleaned and shaped. The roots will be sealed and your gums will be stitched closed. Additionally a crown may be used to seal the entire tooth.

If you are experiencing tooth pain and believe that you may be in need of root canal contact District Dental for more information today.