You need to take care of your teeth. At Lovett Dental Webster, we provide a wide range of general dentistry services, including preventative cleaning. At the same time, we also understand that acute needs might arise in-between visits. In some cases, these issues might even require a root canal. If you have been told that you need root canal treatment, then you probably have some questions. We are here to answer them to make sure that you are ready for the day of your procedure.

What Is a Root Canal?doctor prepares a woman for a root canal

A root canal aims to treat infected and inflamed tissue that might be below the surface of the gum. Often, oral decay starts in the enamel. If this decay goes untreated, it may progress through the enamel’s surface down to the pulp. If the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, then a root canal might be needed.

There are a few signs and symptoms that could indicate that you need a root canal. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • There is severe pain present while eating, biting, or chewing.
  • It looks like the gums have pimples on them.
  • There could be a tooth that is chipped or cracked.
  • If there is any sensitivity to hot or cold liquids, particularly after the sensation has been removed, this could be a sign of root damage.
  • If the gums are turning black, this could be another sign that something is wrong with the roots.

We understand that a lot of people are concerned about this procedure. The good news is that research studies have shown that close to 90 percent of teeth that are treated via root canal do not require any further intervention. Therefore, we recommend this treatment to anyone who has infected or inflamed pulp beneath the surface.

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

During this treatment, we use anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In most cases, only local anesthesia is required. Therefore, you will probably not feel any discomfort; however, you may feel some pressure during the procedure.

After the procedure, you may feel some lingering numbness. Therefore, the dentist may recommend that you not eat or drink anything for up to 4 hours. Even though the vast majority of people return to work or school follower and a procedure, you can still avoid eating or drinking anything for a few hours if your dentist recommends this.

Also, we recommend that you take some anti-inflammatory medications. If stronger medicine is required, we can help you with this. If there are any concerns, remember that we do offer emergency services as well.

Why Should I Get a Root Canal?

The goal of this treatment is to save the natural tooth. When you invest in this treatment, some of the benefits that you may enjoy include:

  • You will be able to eat and chew more efficiently.
  • You will be able to bite with a normal amount of force.
  • You will retain your natural smile and facial structure.
  • You can protect other teeth from excessive wear and tear.

For all of these reasons, if there is any infected pulp underneath the surface of your gums, we may recommend a root canal.

Call Lovett Dental Webster for Efficient Root Canal Treatment

If you need a root canal, then we understand that you are going to have some concerns. At Lovett Dental Webster, we are here to address them. Our top priority is the oral health of our patients. Let us show you what we can do. Contact us today at 832.909.1469, or contact us online to make an appointment with a dentist from our team. Let us show you how we can improve your oral health.