As a part of your yearly dental examinations and biannual teeth cleanings, our team at Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX regularly evaluate your teeth for indicators of damage and decay and work to treat these areas as soon as possible. This can usually be accomplished by clearing out the decay and sealing the tooth with a filling or another restoration. However, if the bacteria has spread to the pulp of the tooth, it will cause an infection, which must be treated with a root canal. A root canal is an endodontic treatment performed to eradicate infection from the internal region of a tooth, which is then sterilized and sealed off. This treatment often relieves pain caused by infection in the root of the tooth and can restore the function of your tooth as well as your oral health. To prevent the infection from spreading to your bloodstream, it should be treated as soon as possible. While some patients carry negative associations with root canals, our experienced team perform this common endodontic treatment regularly at our Pearland, TX office. We offer a range of sedation options for patients who experience significant dental fears and anxieties to ensure that your comfort is met. If you are experiencing oral pain and think you may need a root canal, contact Made Ya Smile to learn about your treatment options. We will work hard to save the integrity of your tooth and your oral health as well as provide a relaxing experience.
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Patients may need a root canal if they have a large cavity in which the decay reaches to the center of the tooth, endure an injury or trauma to a tooth, or receive a cracked or broken tooth. If an infection is left untreated in the pulp of the tooth, it could spread to the bloodstream and create further medical issues, not just more oral damage. To determine if you are a candidate for root canal therapy, our experienced dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth and take digital x-rays to look for signs of infection. You may benefit from root canal therapy are if you experience:
- Jaw or tooth pain
- Dull or throbbing pain
- Swollen or discolored gums
- Pimple-like lesions on the gums
- Tooth discoloration, graying
What To Expect
Before we begin your procedure, we will numb the tooth to be treated and the surrounding tissues. We will also administer any additional sedation to keep you calm and comfortable during your treatment. Our skilled team routinely performs root canals at our Pearland, TX office, so we will be able to provide you with the attentive care you need. Once your mouth is numb and you are comfortable, we will begin the procedure by drilling an opening in the tooth and eradicating the infection within the pulp and tooth canals. When the infection has been cleaned out, we will seal the area and rebuild the internal structure of the tooth with a filling material. A sedative filling will then be added and left in place until the tooth heals completely. Once your treatment is over, a member of our team will go over aftercare instructions with you so you can properly care for your tooth as it recovers.
If you received oral-conscious prior to your procedure, you will require reliable transportation to and from our office. Following your root canal procedure, you may observe some discomfort or swelling on your gums or face for several days. These can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medicine and cold compresses, which can help keep you comfortable during your recovery. You may be prescribed antibiotics to further treat the infection and prevent it from spreading to other areas. Once the infection in your tooth has disappeared, you will receive a restoration (such as a crown) to seal off the tooth. Teeth that have received root canal therapy are more prone to breaking and no longer have the same structure as a natural tooth, so a crown will be necessary to maintain the tooth's proper function. You should continue to attend your yearly dental examinations and biannual professional cleanings at Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX so we can continue to monitor your oral health.
Your insurance may cover some of the costs of your root canal. To ascertain your coverage, our financial team will get in touch with your insurance provider and learn about your benefits. Our office accepts most PPO insurance plans, as well as numerous payment options and medical financing through CareCredit® or our own in-house system. If you have any questions about the insurances we take or payments we accept, don't hesitate to call our Pearland, TX office. We believe that affordable dental care should be attainable for all of our patients.
Improve Your Oral Health
Despite the common fears associated with root canals, this endodontic procedure is incredibly common. Many patients receive root canal therapy at Made Ya Smile to improve their oral health and the function of their teeth. If an infection in the pulp of the tooth is left untreated, it could lead to further damage that affects not only your tooth but your general health as well. If you're experiencing any signs of tooth infection and think you may need a root canal, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We will work with you and keep your comfort in mind as we develop your personalized treatment plan and remove the infection.