Root Canals in Kingwood and Houston Areas
Root canal treatment consists of the removal of the nerve and pulp of a tooth along with the filling and sealing of the tooth afterwards. Within the tooth, there are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four roots. Root canals can prevent you from losing a tooth and requiring a dental implant or tooth bridge.
Performing a root canal falls under the realm of endodontic treatment, and additional dental experience and expertise is required to perform such procedures. Based on the research from the American Association of Endodontists, over 15 million root canals are performed year, while 41,000 root canals are performed daily. In other words, 15 million teeth are saved each year!
For more immediate information root canal treatment provided at Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry, please contact us through our site's contact form or by giving our practice a call at (281) 358-6414! We offer root canals and endodontic treatment to patients visiting from Kingwood, Humble, Houston, Huffman, Atascocita, Porter, and surrounding towns within Montgomery county and Harris county.
Why Root Canals are Necessary
Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.
Symptoms of Root Canals
A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.
Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with an elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.
Most patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.
If you have any questions about root canals & related treatment, please call Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry in Kingwood, TX at (281) 358-6414!