Root Canal Therapy and Treatment
Say Goodbye to Pain with Root Canal Therapy
You may have heard friends, family, or co-workers talk about their experience with root canal therapy and have now come to associate the procedure with something to be anxious about. The truth is, root canal treatment does not cause pain – in fact, the procedure most commonly used to help your pain go away!
The True Culprit: Damaged Roots
If the tissues in the root canal of your tooth become infected, they also become inflamed. When this happens, you’ll experience discomfort. And if the condition is left untreated, the infection can spread into other parts of your body. But when treated promptly, the pain will go away and any chance of infection eliminated. At Bluebonnet Dental, we see that as a win-win scenario for our patients since it aligns perfectly with our commitment to provide exemplary dentistry in a caring environment.
The Symptoms You Should Be Looking For
Although the need for root canal therapy can only be diagnosed through a professional dental exam with a professional root canal specialist, the following are some symptoms that you may notice at home:
- Tooth or jaw sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Gum sensitivity and pain when chewing
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Trauma to the mouth
- Discolored tooth
It’s important to point out that there may be times when there will be no symptoms – especially if the infection has not yet reached the nerve. This is one reason why regular dental exams are so important. Early diagnosis of an impending infection can prevent unwanted pain from surfacing in the first place.
What to Expect from the Caring Root Canal Specialist at Bluebonnet Dental
In general, root canal therapy or root canal treatment can be summarized into two parts. First, we’ll administer a local anesthetic to the affected tooth and its surrounding area to prevent you from feeling any part of the procedure. Next, the area will be sterilized and sealed to prevent the possibility of future infection of the tooth. In most cases, a dental crown will be needed to protect the surface of the tooth, but our dental care team will take time with you ahead of the procedure to explain the full treatment process and answer any questions you have to ensure the level of comfort and care you deserve from our office in Houston, TX.
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