Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that’s concerned with the dental pulp. The pulp is the material inside the tooth, containing nerves, tissue, and blood vessels, aka root canals! Root canals are the primary treatment associated with endodontics. If you are experiencing sensitivity to hot and cold, a tooth ache, or signs of infection, you may need a root canal. Don’t worry, you’re in good hands with our team at Cowan Family Dentistry in Hillsboro, TX.
We know root canals have earned a bad rap over the years. Thankfully, today, root canals are a fairly routine and painless procedure – usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. It’s actually the pain of an infected tooth left untreated that is much worse than the root canal itself. If you have an infection within the pulp or the root of the tooth, you may need a root canal to save it.First, Dr. Cowan will use a local anesthetic to make sure you are comfortable and don’t feel a thing. He will then make a small access hole in the tooth. Using specialized instruments, he will then carefully go in and remove the infection, sterilize the root canal, and fill the chamber to prevent further infection.
Typically, he will finish it off with a beautiful crown to reinforce the tooth and ensure it stays healthy.
There are several reasons you may have an infection within the pulp of your tooth. Some common causes of endodontic problems include:
Some common signs of infection include:
If you’re nervous about having a root canal, we are happy to offer several options for sedation to ensure your appointment is as relaxed and comfortable as possible. With sedation, your root canal treatment can be done before you even know it! And you can go home knowing you made the right decision for your oral health.
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