Root Canal Therapy (Endodontic Treatment)

Root canals relieve toothaches. Treatment immediately stops pain and sensitivity caused by cold and hot drinks. Additionally, endodontic care resolves pain and tenderness caused when chewing or applying biting pressure to teeth.  As an alternative to extraction, root canal therapy saves badly decayed teeth, chipped, or broken.

First, consult a dentist that provides root canal prevention as well as root canal therapy. Secondly, if a dentist suggests that your tooth be extracted, ask if it can be saved with root canal treatment. Lastly, ask questions before having a tooth treated endodontically or removed.

Moreover, endodontic treatment is a simple, safe, and effective way to save tender or broken teeth. At Roman Dental, Dr. Kotlarek performs procedures to prevent the need for root canal therapy. However, if a root canal is necessary, his team takes great care to provide a lasting and comfortable treatment experience.

Can root canal treatment be prevented?

Yes, root canal procedures can be avoided through preventative dental care. In many cases, teeth may become sensitive to cold and sweet drinks and foods. This sensitivity is a clear indication that endodontic treatment may be needed. However, in situations where sensitivity is mild and does not linger, Dr. Kotlarek will gently test the tooth. Then, depending upon the testing results, a special medicated filling with natural and organic ingredients is placed to soothe the sensitivity and allow the tooth to heal. Most importantly, Dr. Kotlarek can help his patients avoid the need for root canal treatment. Dr. Kotlarek makes every effort to minimize and limit the need for dental treatment.

Tooth & Gum Infection

Root canal treatment is simply a method of clearing-away bacteria that have infected a tooth. Swelling and tenderness at or below the gum-line of a tooth is usually a dental infection sign. This type of tooth infection can get worse and cause serious health complications. Because of these potential complications and the fact that teeth don’t have the ability to heal and repair like other body tissues, it is important to see a dentist at the first sign of discomfort.  Early treatment can prevent the common symptoms of dental infections such as difficulty sleeping,  tenderness, swelling, and tooth loss. Root canals clear dental infections and relieves toothaches.

Do you have a tender or painful tooth?

Symptom such as inflammation (swelling), heat sensitivity, cold sensitivity, pressure sensitivity, spontaneous pain, fever, “shooting” pain, and being awoken from sleep by tooth pain are signs that you may require root canal treatment. Inflammation of the nervous tissue within the hollow center of a tooth causes discomfort. These symptoms can be quickly resolved with root canal therapy. If your tooth is painful and you live in Houston, TX, call or schedule online for an emergency same-day appointment.

Root Canal (endodontic) therapy is done to save broken, painful, and seemingly hopeless teeth.

Root canal treatment relieves soreness and swelling that develops from an infected or abscessed tooth. The treatment removes and disinfects the soft tissue within a tooth.  Afterward, a special filling material is used to fill in the occupied space by the infected tissue.  As a result, this makes the tooth, surrounding tissue, and bone healthy and comfortable. Endodontic treatment is often completed in a single visit.

The words “root canal” have inspired many comedy bits and have wrongly become synonymous with pain and suffering. In reality, a root canal is a reliever of mild to severe dental pain.

Most badly decayed or broken teeth can be saved through root canal therapy. If you or your loved one is having a toothache and must consider extraction versus root canal therapy, realize that root canal treatment is over 95% successful in preserving a tooth’s long-term service. Further, root canal treatment delivers immediate relief of pain from cold and hot foods and beverages.

Following Root canal therapy, a patient commented:

“The root canal treatment was like throwing water on to the fire that was my dental pain.”

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What may be expected following root canal (endodontic) treatment?

  • Tenderness to chewing pressure, which lasts 2-5 days.
  • Mild inflammation of the gum tissue and surrounding cheek tissue.
  • Jaw joint soreness from opening during treatment.
  • Muscle or cheek tenderness from the dental injection.
Painless root canal - Root Canal Treatment

Complications of root canal therapy

Side effects following root canal therapy are temporary and include the same symptoms that may have caused you to seek treatment. Moreover, extended periods of pain, swelling, fever, and discomfort can occur but are not common.

After treatment, if you continue to experience prolonged tooth or gum sensitivity, follow-up with your dentist for evaluation and treatment.  Because early care and prevention are the keys to avoid complications and achieving dental health and well-being.

Preventing tooth loss and getting comfortable

Comfort begins with treatment.

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Dr. Kotlarek uses technology and experience to provide comfortable root canal treatments. In most situations, root canal therapy is completed in a single visit.  Root canal treatment immediately resolves pain and sensitivity to cold and pressure. Patients usually return to their normal activities immediately after treatment.  In some cases, an antibiotic and pain medication may be prescribed following the endodontic treatment.