Root Canal Treatment
Infections can occur anywhere in the body, including inside your tooth. When you have an infection in your tooth, you will likely need root canal therapy in order to restore your health and save your natural tooth.
Root canal therapy has a bad reputation because people associate it with pain.
Don't fear the root canal procedure!
The pain actually comes from the symptoms caused by the infection, not from the treatment itself. We use the latest technology to provide effective and pain-free root canals.
How Root Canal Therapy Works
As with all treatment at Tippit Dental Group, we will make sure you are completely comfortable before we begin. In order to remove the infection from your tooth, we will need to create a small access canal into your tooth. We will use the latest rotary equipment to gently and completely remove all signs of infection and any diseased tissue.
Our dentist will then sterilize the area and fill it with a rubber-like material. We will add medication to encourage healing and seal the temporary access canal into your tooth.
Once we complete your procedure, your body’s immune system will take over and you can expect to have gradual improvement each day until you feel completely better in about a week. While some sensitivity is normal after a root canal, it should gradually get better and subside over the days following your procedure.
Post-Root Canal Treatment
In a couple of weeks, we will ask you back into the office so that we can take a follow-up x-ray and monitor your healing. At this time, we will also recommend a permanent restoration to protect your tooth for the long-term.
In most cases, we will recommend a dental crown because it adds stability and prolong the life of your tooth by decades. Since root canal teeth tend to break more easily, a dental crown is usually the best option.
Why It’s Necessary to Save Your Tooth
You may think that these efforts seem extreme in order to save one natural tooth.
The truth is, a root canal and crown are often the least expensive, least invasive, and easiest way to protect your smile. We avoid extracting healthy teeth whenever possible because losing a tooth creates a chain reaction of dental issues. Tooth loss can lead to bone loss and shifting in your remaining teeth. When your teeth shift toward the gap in your smile, it can destroy your bite, create pain in the jaw, and even cause additional tooth loss.
At Tippit Dental Group, we strive to protect your smile and keep it as healthy as possible using a conservative approach to dentistry.
Are You Having Tooth Pain?
Contact our Houston dental office locations in Memorial, Cypress, or Bellville right away to schedule an exam with one of our experienced dentists. We will let you know all of your options and help you make a decision that works best for you.