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Root Canal Therapy - Sugar Land, TX

Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal

woman with dental painDo you have a severely decayed or infected tooth? Do not have it removed! We can save it with a root canal. We can rehabilitate it using an effective endodontic procedure to allow your tooth to stay in place for several years to come. Although they have a bad reputation for being painful, you have nothing to fear. New advancements in dentistry now make them no worse than a traditional dental filling.

What is a Root Canal?

root canal procedureA root canal is the most common endodontic procedure used to restore a decayed or infected tooth. Although it is widely used, it is only recommended when there are no other viable treatments to save it from an extraction.

The procedure involves removing the areas of decay and extracting the inner layer of the tooth, known as the pulp. The tooth is sterilized and sealed with a special material called gutta-percha. To reinstate its appearance and function, a custom-made dental crown is placed over it. Now, they are crafted to look like a real tooth, so no one will tell it is not your own.

Why is One Needed?

man in dental chairWhen a cavity has been left untreated or a severe fracture occurs, the pulp can become compromised. Both can lead to significant pain and infection. To resolve the issue, the simple solution may appear to be to have the tooth removed; however, this is never the best option.

Every tooth in your mouth has an important role to promote your oral health and functions. When even one is missing, it negatively impacts your quality of life and your dental health. To fill the empty space, you will need a dental prosthetic.

Instead of having the tooth pulled, it is best to save it with a root canal whenever possible. After performing an initial consultation to evaluate your tooth, we create an individualized treatment plan to save your smile.

How Does Decay Start?

Although it can be prevented, tooth decay is the most prevalent oral health issue. It occurs when sugars combine with saliva to form an acid. As it sits on your tooth, it slowly eats away at your enamel until a hole develops. At this stage, it is easily treatable with a simple dental filling. Unfortunately, if it is not treated right away, it will extend beyond the enamel to affect the dentin. Over time, it can eventually reach the pulp, causing an infection and inflammation.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

There are some pretty obvious signs that a root canal may be in your best interest, which can include:

  • Serious pain when eating or placing pressure on a tooth.
  • Pain or sensitivity that lingers when eating or drinking something that is hot or cold.
  • Small, pimple-like bump near the gum.
  • Darkening of the tooth.
  • Tenderness or swelling of the gums near the tooth.

Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal

Do not have your tooth pulled. Eco Dental Group can save your smile with a root canal. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.