Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Therapy (Endodontic Treatment)

Root canals relieve toothaches. This treatment immediately stops pain and sensitivity to cold and hot drinks. Additionally, endodontic treatment resolves pain and tenderness caused when chewing or applying biting pressure to teeth.  As an alternative to extraction, root canal therapy saves teeth that are badly decayed, chipped or broken. Therefore, consult a dentist that provides root canal therapy prior to having a tooth removed. Moreover, endodontic treatment is a simple, safe and effective way to save teeth that are tender or broken.

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 the sign of a dental infection. 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 tissues of the body, 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 relieve 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. Treatment removes the soft tissue within a tooth.  Afterward, a special filling material is used to fill-in the space that was occupied by the infected tissue.  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, root canal is the 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 verses root canal therapy, realize that root canal treatment is over 95% successful in preserving the long-term service of a tooth. 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.

Tooth  cross section, showing how root canals relieve toothaches

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. 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 to achieve dental health and well-being.

Preventing tooth loss and getting comfortable

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