Every year, about 15 million Americans receive root canal treatment. This quick, pain-free procedure eliminates infection of the tooth pulp, while preventing the need for an extraction. At Lakewood Dentistry in Houston, Texas, Zaina Timmons-Farah, DDS, and the team provide endodontic procedures onsite, including diagnosis of inflamed tooth pulp and root canal treatment. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office today and speak with a friendly staff member.
Root canal treatment is a type of oral surgery used to remove damaged or infected pulp –– the soft center of a tooth. Pulp contains connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. It allows you to feel sensations like hot and cold, but it isn’t necessary for a tooth’s survival.
Root canal treatment preserves the structure of your tooth, while eliminating inflammation and infection. At Lakewood Dentistry, Dr. Farah regularly performs root canal treatment to fix pulp damage caused by chips, cracks, or deep decay. You might also benefit from root canal treatment if you damage a tooth due to a fall, sports injury, or automobile accident.
Dr. Farah performs root canal treatment on-site as an outpatient procedure. Prior to your surgery, she administers a local anesthetic, numbing your tooth roots and gums. After the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Farah creates an access hole in your damaged tooth and removes the pulp. Then, she rinses the center of your tooth and fills it with a material called gutta-percha.
Next, Dr. Farah places a temporary crown and takes impressions. She sends your impressions to a nearby dental laboratory that manufactures a custom dental crown.
A week or two later, you return to Lakewood Dentistry for your second appointment. Dr. Farah removes your temporary crown and bonds your permanent crown to your damaged tooth. The process takes about 60 minutes.
Root canal treatment is safe and usually well-tolerated. Following your initial appointment, it’s normal to experience some gum swelling and minor discomfort. To ease your symptoms, take an over-the-counter pain medication or apply an ice pack to your cheek. Additionally, avoid rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth for at least 24 hours, you should also avoid using a straw.
As your mouth heals, stick to soft foods like mashed potatoes, applesauce, or Jell-O. Make sure to attend all follow-up appointments, and take any medication as prescribed. Your mouth should feel back to normal within a week’s time.
Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Farah can determine if you’ll benefit from root canal treatment. Following a comprehensive oral exam, a review of your oral health history, and a discussion of your symptoms and goals for treatment, Dr. Farah can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your individual needs.
To learn more about root canal treatment, schedule an appointment at Lakewood Dentistry. Book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.