Houston Dentist Serving Baytown, Pasadena, Channelview and Nearby Areas of Texas
Dr. Sanaz Khavari uses advanced dentistry techniques to help patients overcome tooth damage and keep their natural teeth. When dental pulp, the soft-tissue matter inside of a tooth root, becomes diseased or decayed, a root canal may be required to prevent the need for extraction.
If you suffer from a seriously damaged tooth and would like to discuss a root canal or other treatment option, please contact Love Brushing Dentistry today online or by calling 713-490-2088 to schedule an appointment. Our Houston office helps patients from Pasadena, Baytown and Channelview, Texas.
Why Perform a Root Canal?
Dental pulp contains connective tissue, nerves and blood tissue that nourish teeth and keep them healthy. When bacteria and decay build up and are not removed, infections can occur. This can cause dental pulp to become diseased and begin to die. This allows decay to spread and further weakens the tooth. Left untreated, painful abscesses can form.
A root canal removes the dental pulp completely and lets you keep your natural tooth. Symptoms that may indicate a root canal is necessary include:
- Severe tooth discoloration
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
- Pain when chewing or biting down
- Swelling in the gums
When patients aren’t aware of the treatment options available for seriously infected or decayed teeth, they assume their best or only option is tooth extraction. At Love Brushing Dentistry, we always strive to save your natural tooth whenever we can.
Some patients favor the idea of tooth extraction because it is less expensive than a root canal. However, it’s important to realize that the extracted tooth should be replaced with a dental implant or dental bridge. Missing teeth affect more than just the appearance of your smile; they can be detrimental to your oral health and general well-being.
The Root Canal Procedure
Many people believe that root canals are particularly painful. However, the truth is that root canals don’t cause pain; they relieve pain. Modern techniques and advanced technology allow today’s root canals to be performed with little or no discomfort.
In a typical root canal procedure, Dr. Khavari will:
- Administer a safe numbing agent – if you suffer from dental anxiety, ask about our sedation dentistry services
- Create a small hole in the tooth to remove bacteria, damaged nerve tissue and other unwanted debris
- Thoroughly clean and seal the tooth once all of the dental pulp has been removed
- Strengthen the treated tooth with a restoration treatment, such as a filling or porcelain crown
Learn more about root canal treatment and your smile enhancement options today. Call Love Brushing Dentistry at 713-490-2088 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khavari. We serve patients from the Houston area and beyond, including Pasadena, Channelview and Baytown, Texas.