About Root Canal Therapy
A state-of-the-art dental practice, MINT dentistry offers advanced procedures for many concerns. Our team is here to give you a dazzling smile, which begins with healthy teeth and gums. Our team of board-certified doctors at our practice in Houston, TX offers root canal therapy to treat an infected tooth when the decay has spread from the enamel to the interior pulp. Sometimes called an endodontic treatment, a root canal removes the infected pulp, which keeps the infection from spreading. We are aware of the concern that many people feel when faced with a root canal. However, we want you to rest assured that we understand, which is why we focus on your comfort by using cutting-edge equipment and techniques to perform your therapy with accuracy. MINT dentistry also offers different levels of sedation to address anxiety so you remain relaxed. Schedule an exam and consultation at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX to find out more about root canal therapy.
An infection in the pulp of a tooth can be caused by a deep crack, an untreated cavity, or physical trauma. The symptoms of a tooth that needs a root canal are a toothache, inflamed gum tissue, and discoloration. If the tooth isn't treated, you will have increased pain and symptoms once the infection moves to nearby teeth and, if left untreated, your bloodstream.
What to Expect
Your root canal therapy will begin with you settling into a luxurious treatment chair, where you can put on stylish MINT dentistry sunglasses as well as a pair of Beats headphones so you can listen to music. It's important that you feel relaxed, so your doctor will help you select the appropriate sedation dentistry method for the procedure. Patients usually prefer oral-conscious or nitrous oxide gas for sedation to keep them comfortable during the procedure. Once you are ready, your doctor will remove the pulp using advanced equipment and techniques. After this, the empty tooth will be sterilized. After your tooth is sanitized, we will use a special filling material to protect and seal it. Usually a dental crown will be cemented over the tooth to protect it.
Based on what type of sedation was used, we recommend that you ask a friend or family member to drive you after your root canal therapy. Your mouth and lower face might be swollen or sensitive for a few days, which is why your dentist might write you a prescription for a pain relieving medication. You need to make another appointment around six months after your procedure. Your dentist will perform an exam to ensure your tooth has healed and the infection is gone. After this, we recommend you schedule cleanings and exams.
The MINT Commitment
At your diagnostic exam and consultation, your dentist will talk about how much different root canal therapy options will cost so you can make sure your treatment plan fits your budget as well as your needs. If you are using insurance, we will reach out to your provider to understand your coverage. If you do not have insurance, we accept most methods of payment, including medical financing. You can also ask for more information on our MINT Discount Plan, which can help you afford your dental care.
With modern dental technology and techniques, getting a root canal is a quick, simple procedure to eliminate an infection inside the pulp of a tooth. Performed with the sedation method that's best for you, root canal therapy at MINT dentistry will be comfortable while saving you from pain and more complex treatments. Reach out to MINT dentistry in Houston, TX to schedule an exam and consultation to learn about root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.