Dentistry of Highland Village

Houston's Top Root Canal Specialist

Dental offices across the United States perform 41,000 root canals every day to treat infected or damaged roots in teeth. At Dentistry of Highland Village, both Dr. Karla Apodaca and Dr. Sarah Garza provide root canal treatment right from their Houston, Texas office. They are experts and have performed this procedure thousands of times. If you need a root canal, call or book online today and set up a consultation.
Root Canal Q & A
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a common dental procedure to treat damaged or infected pulp located inside your teeth at the root. Injuries or untreated cavities and decay can cause painful infections in the roots of your teeth. This can lead to severe pain and cause you to search for an emergency dental clinic. Our office can take care of most root canals and our goal is to make sure that you are out of pain and that as much of your natural tooth is restored and functions as normal.

How does root canal treatment work?

Here is a step-by-step explanation of how root canal treatment works:

First, our dentists will use a local anesthetic to numb the area that needs work. They typically set up a rubber sheet around the tooth to keep it clean and dry during treatment and that you don’t breathe in or swallow any decay that might come up.

They use a small drill to open up your tooth. They will create an opening in the top in order to access the root inside. Next, the doctors will  use small filing tools to remove the infected pulp inside your tooth. Depending on the severity of your situation, they also might administer a solution that kills off any remaining bacteria inside your tooth to prevent further infection.

After clearing away the diseased and infected pulp and cleaning the root with disinfectant, they fill it with rubber-like material and cap your tooth with a temporary filling.

Root canal treatment usually involves two visits to our office. At the second visit, you will need a dental crown to cover the treated area. Our crowns are all porcelain crowns and are just as strong as your natural teeth. The crown helps ensure a fully stabilized restoration. Future visits are strictly to monitor progress and make sure the treated tooth is still strong and healthy.

Is root canal treatment painful?

There’s a common misconception that root canal treatment is extremely painful. Your infected tooth is what will be very painful. Root canal treatment gets rid of your infection, and the procedure itself is virtually painless. It is just like any other treatment in office, but might take a little longer. Once treatment is done you might feel some discomfort, but you will be out of pain!

What happens after root canal treatment?

After root canal treatment, the team at Dentistry of Highland Village maintains follow-up visits with you to make sure all signs of infection are gone and they may ask for additional X-rays just to be sure. Also, practicing proper brushing and flossing techniques every day helps maintain the health of your treated tooth and stave off future infection.

If you think you need to get a root canal or simply want to learn more, call or use the online booking tool today and set up a consultation today!



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