If you have a tooth that becomes sensitive when you eat something hot or cold, you may well have an infected tooth. Other signs that you have an infected tooth can include redness and swelling in the gums that surround the tooth. Whenever you have tooth pain, you should come in to see our dentist at West Houston Endodontics. Our dentist will be able to examine your particular dental situation and let you know whether or not you need a root canal in West Houston.
Just one of our expert and highly trained endodontists is Dr. Tracy M. Clark. Once our endodontist has a chance to review your particular tooth situation, he will be able to let you know whether or not you do indeed need a root canal treatment. He will also be able to provide you with information regarding whether or not you need to have one or two root canal sessions, and what is the likelihood that the root canal therapy will be successful. Root canal therapy is generally effective in over 90% of cases. However, it is important to know that if the tooth is infected, it will never survive without a root canal in West Houston. The tooth will either remain infected until it is extracted, or fall out on its own. However, it is dangerous to leave an infected tooth in the mouth because infection can spread to other teeth in your mouth or even to other parts of your body.
During a root canal in West Houston, our endodontist will remove all infected pulp from the center of the tooth. The root canal system will then thoroughly be cleaned and the tooth will be sealed. This should keep any bacteria from reentering the tooth. You will remain perfectly comfortable during the root canal treatment, with the assistance of a local anesthetic. After the root canal procedure is completed, you most likely will need to have a porcelain crown created to protect the tooth and return it to its full function. If you would like to meet with our endodontist to see if you need to have a root canal treatment to save life you tooth, contact us today.