Root Canal in Houston TX
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Root Canal Treatment Houston TX
What are the Signs that a Root Canal is Needed?
Clients who need a root canal treatment present with a variety of symptoms and there is no definite list. Some clients experience severe dental pain and discomfort and others will have minor or no symptoms.
If you are experiencing any kind of dental pain it is important to come and see us so our Dentist can make a proper diagnosis. If you think you might have a root infection, the first step is to see one of our dentists for an examination. The dentist will take X-Rays of your teeth to confirm if it could be a root canal problem. We usually have appointments available same day, Early Morning or Late appointment. Contact us .
Here is a list of symptoms that may indicate a root canal is needed:
Pain upon chewing or application of pressure
Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
Darkening of the tooth Surface
Swelling or tenderness of the nearby gums.
Sometimes the signs can remain painless and the symptoms will not be present, at first. The initial stages of infection progression can go unnoticed to you but not to us. That is one more reason to go for a regular dental checkup.
What happens if I don’t get Root Canal Treatment?
If Root canal Treatment is required not performed over time it can can cause one or more of the following:
Swelling that could spread to other areas of the face.
Bone loss around the tip of the root.
Drainage that can ooze into the gums and sometimes through the cheek into the skin.
Root Canal Treatment VS Extracion
When should a tooth be extracted instead of getting a root canal? Each tooth is evaluated on a case by case basis to determine the pros and cons of root canal treatment vs. extraction. Root canal treatment is performed in an effort to save a tooth, but just because a tooth can be treated with a root canal doesn’t mean it should. The following are some reasons a tooth may be better treated with extraction vs. root canal:
Root fracture: A tooth that has sustained a fracture down the root or through a significant portion of the crown of the tooth will continue to hurt or be infected even after a root canal is performed and is extracted instead.
Lack of remaining tooth structure: If there isn’t enough healthy tooth structure above the bone for a crown to attach to, root canal treatment is worthless. Sometimes, a crown lengthening procedure can be performed, which removes bone to expose more of the tooth.
Third molars: Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are often not in a functional position and should be extracted rather than being preserved with root canal treatment.
Significant resorption: If a large amount of a tooth has dissolved away due to internal or external resorption, a root canal may not be able to save it. Many teeth in this situation must be extracted.
Multiple root canals: The percentage chance for success decreases every time root canal treatment is performed on a tooth after the first time. If a patient has already had a root canal and they later need a re-treatment of the root canal on the same tooth, they must compare root canal treatment with other treatment options that would replace the tooth following extraction.
Root Canal Procedure
Below are the general steps, if you elect to save your tooth by having the root canal treatment:
An opening is made through the crown (top) of the tooth to expose the root canal system and canals.opening a tooth
The dental pulp is removed.
The length of the root is determined by placing an endodontic file(s) in the tooth and making a radiographic (x-ray) image.
Cleaning and shaping the root canal is typically the longest process in a root canal treatment. The pulp tissue and/or necrotic tissue remnants and bacteria are removed with endodontic hand and rotary files and rinsed with an antimicrobial solution. An antiseptic dressing may be placed between visits to kill any remaining bacteria.
Root canal filling (obutration) is done with gutta-percha and sealer to seal off the root canal system.
A temporary or permanent filling is placed following the root canal treatment depending upon future plans for restoration. If a temporary is placed, it should be replaced by a permanent restoration as soon as possible.
A six month recall examination is recommended to assess healing.
The Root Canal Recovery Process, What to Expect.
There is very little recovery time needed after a root canal procedure, many patients go back to work the same day. You may experience some tooth sensitivity or jaw pain for the first few days after treatment, especially if you were experiencing painful symptoms before the procedure. Over-the-counter medications like Advil or Ibuprofen should be more than sufficient to relieve any discomfort you may feel post root canal, but if necessary then, we will write you a prescription.
Although your heat/cold sensitivity and pain will be gone within days of the procedure, try to be as careful as possible with your tooth since it will be vulnerable. Avoid chewing very hard foods or putting unnecessary stress on the tooth until it’s been properly crowned to ensure that no damage occurs. Continue to practice good oral hygiene, paying special attention to the tooth that was treated. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day, and make sure that you don’t skip any annual check-ups and cleanings.
A few weeks after your procedure visit us again so that we can complete the treatment by placing a permanent crown on top of the tooth. This will help protect the tooth from further damage and restore it to full function. Often, many patients refuse to show up for the crown placement because the pain has stopped. This will only cause the Root canal to fail sooner than expected.
Free Pano Scan With Your Consultation
During your consultation, you will receive a free Dental Exam and Consultation By one of Our Specialist Dentist who will assess you and also discuss your treatment plan with you. You will also receive a free Panoramic X-ray scan of your teeth, which gives the doctor a more in-depth look to develop a plan to give you the best results possible.