Root Canal at Vivid Dental, Houston TX
Understand every step of root canal therapy with the help of your Houston TX area dentist.
Cavities, or tooth decay, are formed from the bacteria in our mouth. When patients do not take proper care of their teeth through brushing and flossing, a cavity can occur. Patients who smoke, snack on hard items, and drink acidic beverages on a regular basis can also exacerbate the issue. If left untreated, the hole created by a cavity can end up needing a root canal performed. The offices at Vivid Dental specialize in root canal procedures and are here to make this process flow as smoothly as possible.
Sometimes cavities happen to the most diligent of patients. The next best thing a patient can do is to understand the warning signs that he or she may have a cavity. These include:
- Sensitivity when drinking hot or cold beverages
- Tooth discolorations
- Visible holes
If you are experiencing any of these, contact your dental professional right away. Cavities if caught early enough can be fixed with a regular filling, which is much quicker, less painful, and less expensive than having to go through a root canal. That being said, when a cavity is just too far gone, our friendly staff will take you through every step of the best treatment.
The way in which this procedure works is very similar to a regular filling. After an X-ray is performed to assess the damage, the dentist will clean out the pulp of the tooth, or where the nerve of the tooth exists, to get rid of any bacteria. Once this is done, the dentist will seal this hole so that no more bacteria can enter. A dental crown, or the exposed part of the tooth, will be placed on top. Crowns nowadays are specifically made to look exactly like a normal tooth. Also, for our more anxious patients, nitrous oxide is available. Multiple visits may be required so that the dentist can thoroughly check the lasting effects of this procedure.
Your tooth may feel sore for the next few days following this treatment. If pain persists, contact your medical professional right away. To be sure this does not happen again, it is incumbent on patients to maintain a regimental standard of oral care at home. Our staff will be able to answer any and all questions on the best ways to brush, floss and rinse teeth so that you can have a beautiful and healthy mouth.
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Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful. But when done properly it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with the natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canal are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist any symptoms or discomfort occur.