Dentist in Houston explains the root canal procedure
By understanding the anatomy of our teeth, we can be better prepared if toothaches occur.
The pulp chamber in our teeth is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. If the pulp becomes infected, it begins to die. After the body’s inflammatory responses set in, the result can be a painful toothache. To alleviate the pain, dentists perform root canals. At Vivid Dental in Houston, our patients are in gentle, caring hands during a root canal procedure. Our dentist can typically save the natural tooth and patients often walk away free of the pain they may have experienced from toothaches.
Providing the utmost comfort during a root canal
We strive to provide dental experiences that are as pain-free as possible. As a part of our painless dentistry services, we provide sedatives to ease potential anxiety that may arise before treatment. Our dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the affected area before a root canal; however, sedation can add peace of mind during a procedure. We provide options including nitrous oxide and IV sedation. With nitrous oxide, we gently place a mask over the nose of and administer the “laughing gas.” We inject medicine into the vein during IV sedation, a method that takes effect quickly. Patients appreciate having both options to choose from before treatment.
Learning about the root canal procedure
During the root canal procedure, we will first administer the anesthetic and sedative. We will remove the damaged portions of the tooth and make an opening to access the pulp chamber. Then, we clean and disinfect the area. We shape the canal, and then fill and seal it. We might place a dental crown over the treated tooth for added strength and protection. The result is a beautiful, natural-looking tooth. After treatment, patients enjoy relief from any pain they were experiencing previously.
Exploring root canal treatment
Are you looking for a remedy for your toothache? A root canal may be your best option. Let us explore all of your choices further during a consultation appointment. Call (281) 809 4902.
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