Getting a root canal may sound scary, but it can save your tooth. If a root canal is required to improve your dental health and well-being, Dr. Rosita Hamidi, Dr. Ankur Dahiya, and the experienced team of dental professionals at Houston-based Smile Time Dental can repair your tooth and ease dental anxiety. Call to learn more, or book an appointment online today.
Root Canal Q & A
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that saves a severely damaged or decaying tooth. This process removes an infection from the inner part (pulp) of your tooth, restoring the tooth back to its healthy, natural state. If a root canal saves your tooth, it shouldn’t have to be extracted at a later date.
Why would I need a root canal?
Inside of your tooth is pulp, or soft tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves, and nourishment the tooth needs to stay healthy. This tissue may become infected from:
- Too many dental procedures on the same tooth
- A tooth fracture or crack
- Other tooth trauma
- A deep cavity
What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?
If you have an infected tooth, knowing the signs helps you understand when to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hamidi or Dr. Dahiya at Smile Time Dental. Symptoms of a tooth infection include:
- Tooth pain
- Swelling within your tooth
- A tooth abscess
What should I expect during a root canal?
A root canal is generally completed in one or two visits. Before your root canal begins, Dr. Hamidi or Dr. Dahiya takes X-rays to view the tooth and bone surrounding it. The next step is numbing the affected area using local anesthesia, so you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. During a root canal, your dentist:
- Makes an opening in the top of your tooth and removes the inside of the tooth
- Cleans the inside of the tooth and root canals
- Treats the inside of the tooth with a medication that eliminates germs
- Fills root canals to protect against further infections
- Puts a temporary filling on your tooth
Dr. Hamidi or Dr. Dahiya may prescribe antibiotics if necessary. During your next follow-up appointment, your dentist replaces the temporary filling with a permanent crown or filling. Your restored tooth can last indefinitely if you care for it properly. Be sure to brush and floss it regularly.
When you’re ready to save a damaged tooth with a root canal, call Smile Time Dental to book your next appointment or schedule one online today.