Root Canal

Most people give a root canal a bad name. It has a negative connotation with going to the dentist. But in actuality, dental technology and advancements have made this invasive procedure quite simplified and often painless.

A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is necessary in order to salvage a severely damaged tooth. The damage typically comes from tooth decay that has reached deep into the root of the tooth, infecting the pulp.

At Epic Smiles in Conroe, our dentist will thoroughly clean out the decay and remove the infected pulp. Once the infected and inflamed pulp is removed, the dentist will shape the canal of the tooth, fill it and then seal it. After this process is complete, a dental crown is placed on top of the existing tooth.

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Root Canal

Most people give a root canal a bad name. It has a negative connotation with going to the dentist. But in actuality, dental technology and advancements have made this invasive procedure quite simplified and often painless.

A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is necessary in order to salvage a severely damaged tooth. The damage typically comes from tooth decay that has reached deep into the root of the tooth, infecting the pulp.

At Epic Smiles in Conroe, our dentist will thoroughly clean out the decay and remove the infected pulp. Once the infected and inflamed pulp is removed, the dentist will shape the canal of the tooth, fill it and then seal it. After this process is complete, a dental crown is placed on top of the existing tooth.

Saving Teeth Through Root Canals

Most teeth can be saved through endodontic treatment. This dental treatment provides patients the ability to retain their natural teeth and resume normal oral functions. This oral procedure is necessary in order to avoid a tooth extraction. If a tooth that requires a root canal is not treated and is merely left alone, then the tooth will only continue to decay further, will need to be removed, or will have to be replaced with a dental implant. Stopping the decay and securing the tooth in a timely manner is the best option.

As much as dentistry has advanced and has made the entire root canal process easier, less painful, and achieve a much higher success rate, there are some cases where salvaging a tooth just isn’t possible. Here are some of the reasons why that would be the case:

  • Extreme Tooth Decay: If a tooth is too decayed, it becomes unsalvageable. This happens when the tooth cannot be saved through dental fillings or a dental crown, and the decay is expansive and deep, eliminating the foundational intregrity of the tooth.
  • Avulsed Tooth A tooth that has been forcibly removed due to traumatic injury can sometimes not be replaced. When this is the case, a dental implant or a dental bridge are the only options.
  • Broken Tooth: If a tooth is majorly broken, it may not be able to be restored through dental filling or dental crown. When this is the case, the only option is a dental extraction and a replacement through dental bridge or implant.

Does Your Tooth Need a Root Canal?

If you are suffering from tooth decay or other dental issues, you may be in need of an endodontic treatment. Our Conroe dentist will conduct a thorough evaluation of the tooth or teeth to ensure you make the right choice to salvage your existing teeth. Keeping original teeth is always our main priority.

Contact our dental clinic in Conroe today and schedule your dentistry appointment.