When identified early enough, tooth decay can be effectively removed with advanced tools, and the tooth sealed off with a filling, inlay or onlay, crown, or other restoration. However, if a cavity is left untreated, it can cause bacteria to infiltrate the nerve center of a tooth. When this happens, patients often experience discomfort, swelling at the area, or lesions that erupt along the gums. To expel a tooth infection from the internal portion of your tooth, our skilled team at Made Ya Smile performs root canal therapy. A root canal is a type of endodontic procedure that involves accessing the tooth, carefully clearing out the infection, and sealing off the area to prevent any further bacteria from entering the pulp.
In the past, root canal treatments have been known as an unpleasant procedure. However, thanks to advanced techniques and the special care taken by our experienced dentist Dr. Eric Capps, root canal therapy is easy, simple, and nothing to worry about. Our office offers several sedative options for patients with mild to moderate dental anxieties. We also make use of local anesthesia to manage your comfort throughout the treatment process. If tooth pain and discomfort are preventing you from living your life to the fullest, find out if your health and happiness can be restored with a root canal procedure at our Rosenberg, TX dental office.
A root canal could be the ideal option for you if you have a tooth that is significantly damaged, decayed, cracked, or if bacteria have infiltrated the internal nerve center (pulp chamber) of your tooth. If an infection in the pulp of the tooth travels through the root canals, it can cause damage, jaw pain, and other issues. Some sensations you may experience that can indicate the presence of infection are toothaches, pain in the jaw or tooth, blister-like lesions on the sides of the gums, pain when biting down, or sensitivity to foods and beverages of certain temperatures or levels of sweetness. If you are noticing any of these tell-tale signs of tooth infection, seek the guidance of our Made Ya Smile team so we can assess your situation and work to restore the function of your tooth and relieve your pain.
What To Expect
Before your treatment, Dr. Capps will discuss your options for sedation dentistry if you are interested. Depending on your level of dental anxiety, you may receive nitrous oxide sedation in the minutes before your procedure begins, or we may write you a prescription for oral-conscious sedation to be taken an hour before your treatment session. Once you are ready, we will numb the tooth to be treated and wait for the anesthetic to take full effect. When you are completely numb and comfortable, we will open the tooth to access the area and remove the infected tissues from the internal center. We will then reshape the canals using advanced tools and seal the tooth with a filling to restore its strength and function, following by a temporary sedative filling to cover the opening until your tooth has healed. Because a root canal procedure removes the blood and nerve sources, the affected tooth typically loses structure and becomes more brittle. To prevent the tooth from a break or fracture, we will usually place a crown over top.
Once your treatment has concluded, a member of our team will provide you with detailed post-op instructions so you can properly care for your tooth. Depending on the type of sedation you received prior to your treatment, you may need reliable transportation to and from our office. We typically suggest over-the-counter pain medication for the management of discomfort during your recovery phase. Dr. Capps may also prescribe you an antibiotic to keep the infection away from your affected tooth. Our office will schedule your follow-up visit for about two weeks after your initial treatment so we can monitor your healing, condition, and ensure that the infection has been expelled. You should continue to visit our office twice a year for your routine cleanings and dental exams, as well as maintain a consistent oral health regimen that consists of daily flossing and brushing.
Some of the costs of your root canal may be covered in part by your insurance. A member of our team will contact your provider to learn about your benefits and file a claim on your behalf. Any remaining costs will be calculated and made known to you as soon as possible. For patients with additional costs or without insurance, our Rosenberg, TX office accepts a number of payment methods. These include most major debit and credit cards, cash, and medical financing through our office or CareCredit®.
Expel Tooth Infection
An infection in the pulp or canals of a tooth can cause extreme discomfort, swelling, and unsightly lesions to erupt along the gums. When you notice symptoms like these, it's important to seek guidance from a dental care professional, such as your general dentist. At Made Ya Smile, our team works diligently to provide you with exceptional oral care in a comforting and relaxing environment. Skilled dentist Dr. Eric Capps knows the ins and outs of performing a successful root canal procedure and will work with you to restore your oral health and function. If you're experiencing tooth pain or other symptoms and think you may need a root canal, contact our Rosenberg, TX office to learn more.