Patients often feel anxious about root canals because they assume the procedure is highly invasive or surgical. However, root canals are simple in-office procedures, only slightly more invasive than fillings. They’re often your last chance to preserve a severely decayed or damaged tooth, so you must never delay or avoid root canals. At Energy Dental, we use cutting-edge technologies and techniques to provide safe and comfortable root canals and help you maintain optimal oral health.
What are root canals?
Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure that deals with infections and problems related to the tooth pulp, the soft tissues at the center of the tooth. You may need a root canal if you have a severe cavity or dental crack that’s exposed the pulp tissues to bacterial infection. The dentist drills an access hole into the root canal, removes all the infected pulp tissues, cleans the pulp chamber, and secures the tooth with a crown. If you avoid root canals, the bacterial infection may eventually kill the tooth, necessitating a dental extraction.
Signs you may need a root canal:
- Severe toothaches while chewing
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Hot and cold sensitivity persists after the stimulus is gone
- Cyst formations on the gums
- Discolored or darkened teeth
- Gum swelling
- Bleeding gums
- Large dental cavities
- Cracked teeth
Energy Dental is a state-of-the-art dental clinic specializing in the latest and most effective dental procedures. We carefully examine your teeth and consider all options before recommending root canals. Furthermore, we use advanced technologies, such as CEREC, to produce same-day crowns and complete your procedure in one session. Please schedule an appointment to explore your root canal options in Houston, TX.