According to the American Association of Endodontics, dentists perform more than 15 million root canals every year. Therefore, it should come to no one’s surprise that most people undergo a root canal at least once in their lives.
When Caries (Cavities) Lead to Root Canals
Perhaps your dentist recently told you, “You need a root canal.” Due to the many misconceptions about root canals out there, we understand if you feel anxious. Many people do. However, as long as you leave it to Gulf Coast Endodontics, you will do just fine. Here at Gulf Coast Endodontics, we do everything in our power to make an experience you’re not looking forward to as pleasant as possible.
Houston Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a localized bacterial infection that leads to the progressive disintegration of the affected tooth. Usually, a root canal starts with the dissolution of the enamel, which allows bacteria to invade the tooth. The root canal treatment is a simple solution that can stop the destruction of the natural teeth and prevent the need for bridges or dental implants.
Some symptoms of a root canal include pain in the tooth or gums, sensitivity to temperature, and swelling (or visible injury) of the tooth. Report these symptoms to your dentist and he or she will likely recommend a root canal, which is a non-surgical treatment. The root canal treatment works by removing the diseased and injured pulp from the tooth. After the removal of the pulp, the dentist will thoroughly clean and seal the root canal system.
While a root canal is a non-surgical treatment, it usually requires local anesthesia. The purpose of the local anesthesia is to reduce discomfort during the procedure. In some cases, nitrous oxide analgesia may also be used. Despite the use of local anesthesia, you will be able to drive yourself home after the root canal treatment.
Most root canal treatments are completed in one visit. However, in some cases, more visits may be necessary. Root canal treatments successfully save the affected tooth in about 90 percent of all cases. If we suspect that the root canal treatment will not be successful before, during, or after the treatment, we will inform you as soon as possible.
For more information about the Houston root canals we offer here at Gulf Coast Endodontics, don’t hesitate to contact us.