Are you one of those people that feel nervous when your dentist recommends a root canal procedure? If so, you are not alone. Many people automatically react that way, as they think a root canal is painful. However, having a root canal is like having a dental filling performed, as you will be comfortable during the procedure. If it helps, remember that our goal is to relieve your tooth pain, not add to it!
A tooth is a fascinating thing with its tough outer layer of tooth enamel, a layer of dentin, and tooth pulp beneath that. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, and it is this pulp which may require a root canal if it is infected or inflamed.
So what does a root canal procedure entail?
— Our dentist will take X-rays to see where the infection is in the tooth.
— During the root canal procedure, the tooth will receive a local numbing agent to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
— Next, the infected pulp will be removed and the area thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
— Then, a rubbery material called gutta-percha will be placed to fill and seal the tooth.
— And finally, a temporary filling material will be set over the gutta-percha until a permanent filling or crown is placed on the tooth.
Your tooth will function normally again after your root canal, but best of all, you will feel pain-free. If you would like to know more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Juan Echeverri, we invite you to call 713-956-8767 today. Our Echeverri Dental Center team in Houston, Texas, looks forward to restoring your healthy smile with our tooth restoration services!