Root Canals

Idea Dental

General Dentists located in Northline, Houston, TX

Root canals have a bad reputation, which is undeserved. A root canal is not only a relatively straightforward procedure, but it can also relieve you from the pain of a damaged or infected tooth. Idea Dental in the Northline neighborhood of Houston, Texas, offers safe, affordable, and effective root canals to make smiles healthy again. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Root Canals Q&A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that salvages a tooth when its pulp has become damaged or infected. It involves removing just the tooth’s pulp while keeping the rest of your tooth intact.

Your tooth’s pulp is the soft inner layer of your tooth. It’s made up of blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerve fibers. If it becomes damaged (from physical trauma) or infected (from tooth decay), it can swell, which causes the nerves to pinch against the inner walls of your tooth. This can cause a great deal of pain and lead to a variety of problems with your oral and general health.

A root canal is a revolutionary procedure. It used to be that if you had damaged or infected tooth pulp, your only recourse was to extract the tooth. A root canal enables your dentist to restore your tooth while keeping most of it intact.

What symptoms indicate I need a root canal?

You need a root canal if you have damaged or infected tooth pulp. The following are some common symptoms:

  • Toothache
  • Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold sensations
  • A tooth that’s darkened
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • A small pimple-like formation near your tooth’s root

The team of professionals at Idea Dental can determine if you have an infection by inspecting your tooth and taking X-rays or a CBCT scan with the Carestream® 3D imaging system.

Can I leave my infected or damaged tooth untreated?

You shouldn’t. An infected or damaged tooth only gets worse and more painful when left untreated. And putting off your root canal can lead to the development of other more serious conditions, including:

  • Infection of nearby teeth
  • Infection of your gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Infection of your bloodstream (sepsis)

Even though movies and television shows have made a running joke out of root canals being the most painful procedure at the dentist’s office, they’re actually not that much more complicated or painful than a filling. 

What’s the procedure for getting a root canal?

Your root canal begins with the application of a local anesthetic to keep your mouth numb during the procedure.

Your dentist then drills an access hole in the top of your tooth through which they remove the pulp. They extract the pulp from within using a series of files, and then clean and sterilize the inside of your infected tooth. 

Next, the team seals it with a rubbery compound called gutta-percha and fills in the access hole in the top of your tooth. Finally, you’re fitted with a crown to restore the general strength and structure of your tooth.

Don’t let your infected or damaged tooth get worse than it already is. While some providers may have cheap alternatives for these infections, Idea Dental prides themselves on affordable and quality root canal surgery. Schedule your root canal today by calling the offices at Idea Dental or booking a visit online.