What to know about root canals
- Posted on: Jun 30 2021
The idea of having a “root canal” often brings about fear and apprehension in patients. However, many patients have a skewed idea as to what this procedure entails. Although many patients wrongly believe that this procedure is painful, many find that it offers pain relief and helps them maintain their natural smile, avoiding the need for permanent removal of a problematic tooth.
What is root canal therapy?
The dentists at Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center of Webster, TX describe the root canal procedure, or “endodontic therapy,” as a way of saving a tooth from extraction. The procedure itself removes problems that have developed inside of the tooth, such as infection or damage. Deep inside of a tooth is the canals which are filled with the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the tissue in the tooth that contains the blood cells and nerves that keep a tooth alive, moistening the tissue and nourishing the tooth from the inside out. If the pulp becomes exposed, extreme sensitivity and painful toothaches can result. The procedure removes the dental pulp and then seals the canals, and dentist will place a dental crown over the tooth as an extra layer of protection and strength.
How do I know if I need root canal therapy?
Below are a few signs that could indicate the need for endodontic therapy:
- Trauma/injury to the mouth or tooth
- Painful chewing
- Red and swollen gums
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Extreme temperature sensitivity
- Dark or discolored tooth
- Extreme toothache
Why do patients choose root canal therapy?
Often, the only other option other than endodontic therapy is the permanent extraction of a tooth. By performing root canal therapy, patients can keep their tooth and maintain their smile’s appearance and function. The procedure is comfortable, efficient, affordable, and effective at maintaining the smile.
Schedule time to speak to our team about your dental needs
At Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center, we offer Webster, TX patients a wide range of services under one roof to reduce the need for referrals to other professionals in the community. If you live in the area and believe you may benefit from root canal therapy, we welcome you to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our dentists. Call (281) 557-8097 today and visit us at 202 West Medical Center Boulevard.