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UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 346-980-4770
MIDTOWN: 281-397-3832

Root Canal Treatment

A Complete Guide To A Root Canal Treatment

A root canal procedure will be carried out when the dentist knows that they have to act quickly in order to save a tooth. Normally, the issue will be infection and tooth decay and unless you are quick to make an appointment this can become serious very quickly.

What is a root canal?

A root canal procedure is performed when the dentist knows that they have to act quickly in order to save a tooth. A tooth needs a root canal when there is an infection around the root caused by trauma or tooth decay and can range from very little to no pain, or severe pain. Regardless, a root canal needs to be performed immediately to achieve the best prognosis for the tooth. The rotten pulp and decaying nerve will both have to be removed. If they are left as they are, there is every risk that you will end up with an abscess. It is important that all of the pulp is removed because this is where the bacteria is located that has caused the infection.

Once the root has been removed, there is no need to worry about the viability of the tooth. It will remain in place, although there will be less chance that it will be able to tell the difference between hot and cold. The tooth will still work perfectly well without the nerve, but it will need a build up and a dental crown to prevent fracture.

Why do we need a dental root canal?

 A root canal treatment is also known as an endodontic treatment and will be needed once the pulp has become infected or there is a dental infection around the tooth in the form of a dental abscess. The dental infection usually starts with a large cavity or decay. There are a number of risks surrounding leaving the pulp in place. Damage can be caused to both the teeth and gums when the infection is left to spread. In some ways, the biggest risk will be to the gums as they are harder to deal with.

If the tooth is nonsalvageable and needs to be extracted, there are alternative options to replace the tooth such as placing a dental bridge, implants, or a removable appliance. The spread of an infection can be problematic in many ways. Not only is there the discomfort when a large dental infection occurs, but soon an offensive odor can occur leading to severe bad breath due to the bacteria.

Who is affected by dental root canals?

Any large dental decay or cavity not addressed can lead to a tooth needing root canal. The need for a root canal can be for a variety of reasons. Poor hygiene and lack of adequate teeth cleaning are two of the main reasons. Once this has become a habit, it is easy for bacteria to take over the tooth and soon there will be infection in the form of a cavity and can lead to dental pain.

There are also times when an infection takes hold and there is nothing that the patient can do about it. This is because there has been damage inflicted on a tooth caused by a cavity, enabling bacteria to gain access. It could be because there has been trauma to the tooth by way of a blow, quite often a sporting injury. Even the slightest crack in a tooth can be the gateway that allows the bacteria in.

How do you treat a broken tooth or a tooth with a large cavity?

The dentist will need a dental x-ray of the tooth and will use this to come up with an accurate diagnosis and treatment. A protective rubber dam is used during the procedure to protect the tooth from saliva to prevent bacteria from invading in while they are carrying out the procedure. A small opening will be made to the top of the tooth and the pulp will be taken out, leaving a clean void where the filling can be placed.

The root canal filling called gutta percha will be placed into the holes where the nerves used to be. Placed along with a sealer to seal any voids, this gutta percha filling will harden and become as one with the tooth.

This will not be the end of the issue, however, as the tooth cannot be left as it is. A crown is necessary as the final restoration to protect the tooth from fracture. There may be a transitional period between procedures to allow the tooth to heal. After the permanent crown is cemented, the tooth will return to its normal function and feeling. Some teeth may recover quickly, and some may take several months to heal.

What are the symptoms of a tooth that may need a root canal?

An infected tooth can cause pain, and the pain can worsen the longer the infection is not addressed. Infected teeth may take a while to show signs or symptoms, which is the issue because treatment may not be rendered until it’s too late.

One of the worst outcomes will be the formation of a dental abscess around the root of the tooth. Pain is the major symptom, especially upon eating or chewing. Any pressure at all put on the tooth will be painful and it will get to the stage where you try to use other parts of the mouth when you need to bite or chew. There will be sensitivity when it comes to eating and drinking hot and cold items.

Swelling is also another obvious sign that there is something not right with the tooth. This tends to appear due to the pus or purulence that gathers around the tooth. The gums will be affected and a lot of the infection will be in the gums. As previously mentioned, bacteria can have an awful smell and you will want this to be stopped as soon as possible before larger problems can occur such as loss of ability to swallow, close one’s mouth, or eat properly.

Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
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Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.