A tooth can become decayed or infected due to several reasons. Most commonly, decay occurs when proper oral hygiene is not kept between visits to our dentist near 77057, and plaque is allowed to accumulate on the teeth. The bacteria within the plaque begin to attack, eating through teeth enamel and causing a cavity. Cavities can be treated with dental fillings at our dentistry in 77057, but if the condition is allowed to progress, a root canal may become necessary in order to save the tooth.
The center of the tooth is called the root canal. It is where the pulp and nerve are located. A root canal is a procedure in which this inner chamber is cleaned out and refilled with a biocompatible material. Failing to perform a root canal when a tooth is badly decayed can cause an infection and/or abscesses, and may then require an extraction.
To begin the procedure, an x-ray will be needed to see the shape of the root canals and determine whether or not there are any signs of infection in any surrounding bone. Anesthesia, though not strictly necessary, is usually used to numb the area around the tooth. The endodontist will then place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva during the procedure. A hole will be drilled into the tooth in order to access the chamber within. The pulp, decayed tissue, and related debris is removed from the tooth and the canal is cleaned thoroughly. Leaving any traces of decay can create complications with your tooth. Once the chamber is clean, it will be filled with a sealer paste and rubber compound called gutta percha. The outside of the tooth will be covered with a filling or receive a crown.
Contact our dentist in 77057 today to schedule your appointment for a root canal in Houston, TX!