Root Canals Specialist

Lifetime Dental Care -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Lifetime Dental Care

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Katy, TX

Contrary to what you’ve seen in movies and TV shows, root canals are actually not a terrifying experience. In reality, they’re no more painful than a regular dental filling, and they actually alleviate you of the immense pain of a damaged or infected tooth. At Lifetime Dental Care, W. Garry Waldrop, DDS, provides exceptionally gentle and effective root canals for their patients. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the Katy, Texas, office or booking online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that salvages an infected or damaged tooth by removing its pulp.

The pulp is the soft inner layer of your tooth. It’s made up of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerve fibers. 

When your pulp gets damaged or infected, either from physical trauma or tooth decay, it gets inflamed. Swollen pulp pinches the nerves within, which causes a great deal of pain.

A root canal alleviates you of that pain by removing the damaged pulp. This is incredibly beneficial to your oral health, especially considering that the only way to treat a damaged or infected tooth in the past was to extract it.

What are the signs I need a root canal?

Some of the symptoms of damaged or infected tooth pulp include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Darkened or discolored tooth
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Pus around the root of the tooth, or a small pimple on your gums

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with Lifetime Dental Care immediately to assess whether your condition can be treated with a root canal.

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?

If left untreated, a damaged or infected tooth only gets worse, causing you more pain and potential long-term damage to your overall oral health, such as:

  • Formation of an abscess
  • Tooth loss
  • Infection of nearby teeth
  • Sepsis

A root canal not only prevents these complications but also enables you to salvage the infected tooth.

What should I expect from my root canal procedure?

First, your Lifetime Dental Care dentist uses Galileos® 3D technology to make a detailed scan of your mouth and your damaged tooth. The scan allows them to assess the extent of your damage and serves as a roadmap for the procedure. 

Next, your dentist numbs your tooth and protects your mouth with a rubber dental dam. They then drill a small access hole in the top of your tooth and use an endodontic file to scrape out all of your decayed pulp tissue.

Once your tooth’s pulpal chamber is free of damaged pulp, they clean and sterilize it, then fill it with a rubbery compound called gutta-percha. In some cases, they reinforce the structure of your inner tooth with a small rod or post.

After your tooth is sealed, they fill the access hole in the top with a dental filling. Finally, they fit you with a crown to restore the strength and functioning of your tooth.

Don’t wait for your infected or damaged tooth to get worse. Call or book an appointment online today with Lifetime Dental Care, and get back on the road to excellent oral health.