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Endodontics

What Do You Know About Endodontics?

Underneath the hard tooth enamel is a soft layer of pulp, containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes infected, a root canal is necessary to save the tooth.     

Unfortunately, a root canal is not possible in some cases. This occurs if the canals are not accessible or if advanced gum disease or root fractures are present. 

A root canal gives you the benefit of not having a missing tooth, which can affect eating and speaking. It also can reduce the need for continued dental work. The affected tooth will last as long as the rest of your teeth, provided you care for your teeth properly. It is important you get proper endodontic treatment from us for the best results!

The Endodontic Treatment Procedure

Root canals typically require one or two visits. The procedure begins by numbing the affected area and then a dental dam will be placed over the tooth to isolate it. An opening is then made in the tooth crown and the pulp is removed. The root canal is cleaned and shaped, then filled with a material called gutta-percha. Do not chew on the tooth until after restoration; otherwise, it is susceptible to fracture. 

You may have some pain and sensitivity after the procedure, especially if it existed prior to your appointment, but this can be relieved using over-the-counter or prescription painkillers. If your pain or discomfort lasts for more than a few days, please call our office.

Endodontic Treatment for East Houston, West Houston and Bellaire, TX

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