By David A. Citek, DDS
March 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Root CanalProtect your smile from permanent damage by opting for root canal treatment.

Are you suffering from a toothache? Most people like to ignore this pain, but dental pain is your mouth’s way of alerting you to a problem. The most common cause of dental pain is a cavity.

Despite this, many patients don’t want to think about it and hope the pain will go away all by itself. What ends up happening is that the cavity gets worse and then the inner structure of the tooth (e.g. the pulp) becomes inflamed or infected. Find out why your Houston, TX family dentist may recommend getting a root canal and how it might just save your tooth.

What is a root canal?

The main goal of a root canal is to preserve as much of a damaged natural tooth as possible. When a tooth becomes weak due to an infection, trauma or decay, then your dentist will recommend a root canal. A root canal will essentially go inside of the tooth and remove the infected tissue and pulp. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected it will often cause pain. This is because this internal structure also contains the tooth’s nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels.

Once the pulp is removed, your Houston dentist will clean out the inside of the tooth to remove any bacteria or pus. Once disinfected, we will rebuild your tooth using a rubbery material. Most teeth that are treated with a root canal will require a dental crown to provide additional support and protection to the weakened tooth.

Why did my Houston, TX family dentist recommend a root canal?

If your dentist has found severe decay or an infection, or if your tooth has suffered direct trauma and the pulp is either inflamed or infected, then we will highly recommend a root canal to save your tooth. While patients can also opt to have the tooth extracted, this treatment also requires additional treatments to then replace the missing tooth. A root canal is often the best course of action to preserve your natural smile.

I’ve heard a root canal hurts…

We hate it when our patients hear horror stories about dental procedures. With more and more people turning to the Internet to get information about everything from diagnoses to personal health experiences, you’re bound to hear some unpleasant stories. However, we are here to tell you that a root canal is really no more complicated or stressful than getting a tooth filled. Furthermore, most people who come into our office are in a substantial amount of pain. The goal of a root canal is to actually eliminate that pain, not cause it.

We also perform root canals under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel any discomfort during your procedure. Some patients even experience immediate relief after having a root canal.

If you are experiencing a persistent toothache, don’t put it off any longer. Schedule an appointment with your Houston, TX family dentist, Dr. David A. Citek, DDS and say goodbye to dental pain!


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