Houston dentist describes the root canal treatment process
At Vivid Dental, patients in and around the area of Houston, Texas have access to a wide range of dental services. From simple examinations and cleanings to extensive smile makeovers, our practice is equipped with the latest technologies to achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. When patients are struggling with a severe toothache, they may need root canal therapy. This treatment is done to maintain the health of the smile as well as the structure of a natural tooth.
Root canal treatment is often done as a last resort to avoid extracting a tooth. Pain is what brings many of these patients into the practice for treatment. A severe toothache may indicate an infection of the dental pulp inside the tooth or may result from a large area of decay. At this point, the damage may be too extensive to be improved with fillings or other restorative solutions.
Root canal therapy is a process in which the dental pulp is removed from inside the tooth’s structure. The canals inside of the tooth are disinfected to ensure there is no bacteria remaining before it is filled with a material such as gutta percha. Gutta percha is a substance similar to rubber that is placed into the tooth to seal it. It is finished with a composite resin bonding and in many cases, the placement of a dental crown. The dental crown may be necessary to give more structure and durability to the tooth following the procedure. A crown is fabricated to protect the natural tooth enamel from breaking, which could result in the need for extraction. This maintains the natural structures in the mouth for better oral health and wellness.
If you reside in the area of Houston and believe you need root canal treatment to improve the health of your smile and keep a permanent tooth, contact the team of Vivid Dental. Dr. Monti Harpalani can be reached by calling (281) 809 4902 and is readily available to assist patients of all ages in his state-of-the-art dental facility. Make an appointment today!