There are times in which root canals are necessary. Many Houston area patients fear the words, but knowing more about the procedure can help put them at ease. While most patients think of pain when they hear about root canal therapy, it couldn’t be further from the truth!
Dr. Harpalani of Vivid Dental in Houston can provide patients with root canal therapy to relieve pain and improve patients’ quality of life when problems occur.
Patients may need root canal therapy in situations where an abscess has developed, infection has occurred, or a deep cavity has affected the innermost area of the tooth called the dental pulp. The pulp in the center of the tooth contains the nerves and blood supply that keeps the tooth alive. When infected, it can become painful and result in the need for root canal therapy.
Before root canal therapy is performed, patients are properly anesthetized and sedated. This ensures the patient is comfortable and does not feel any pain during the treatment. A very small hole is drilled into the problematic tooth to allow Dr. Harpalani to reach the dental pulp. It is removed from the tooth, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Once this has been done, the tooth is filled and sealed. A dental crown may be placed in some cases because the tooth may become brittle after treatment. This will be discussed with the patient beforehand. Once completed, patients are able to go about their day and enjoy the benefits of a healthier smile!
Dentists provide root canal therapy to save the natural tooth. Instead of removing a tooth and dealing with restorative solutions, patients can maintain their natural tooth and avoid the cost and time involved with dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Root canals are the solution of choice for infections and problems associated with a single tooth.
If you live in the Houston area and you are considering a quality dental team to assist in improving and maintaining your healthy smile, contact Dr. Harpalani of Vivid Dental today to schedule your initial visit.