Root Canal Treatment in Needville

woman holding jaw from tooth pain before root canalNobody likes the idea of getting a root canal, and we understand that. It’s hard to look past all the jokes and stories that you’ve heard your whole life, but it’s time to put them aside and see root canals as the pain-relieving, tooth-saving procedure it is. 

Dr. Jennifer Kunkel and Dr. Kathryn Davis are experienced dentists known for their kind and compassionate care. Their skill in providing treatment, powerful anesthetics, and sedation dentistry ensures that you will have a smooth, comfortable root canal procedure. 

Symptoms of an Infected Tooth

Under the enamel and dentin, deep inside your tooth, is a space called the pulp chamber. It contains blood vessels, connective tissue, cells, and the nerves that keep the tooth healthy and alive.

This space is pretty well protected, but if the tooth develops a crack due to trauma or a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp chamber and cause an infection or abscess. The most common and well-known symptom of an infected tooth is excruciating pain, but there are several others to look for: 

  • Swollen, inflamed, or puffy gums
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • A raised white bump or “pimple” on your gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • A foul odor or taste in your mouth

A root infection can also be asymptomatic, and you may not know it exists until much of the damage has already been done. This is another reason why preventive dental visits to monitor your oral health are crucial. 

Root Canals and Modern Dentistry

So much has improved in dentistry, including techniques, technology, and anesthetics. 

We also offer sedation dentistry in Needville, including nitrous oxide and oral sedation. When you add the kindness of a dental team who cares about your comfort, there really is no reason to fear another root canal. 

What to Expect during a Root Canal

The first step in your root canal procedure is to ensure that the tooth we’re treating is completely numb and that you won’t feel any pain. Next, our Needville dentist creates a small hole in the infected tooth to access its pulp chamber.

Using specialized instruments, they expertly clear out the infected pulp, disinfect the area, and fill the hollowed-out space with a material called gutta-percha. During the final step, our dentist seals the tooth and places a temporary filling to allow the tooth to heal before the next step. 

After Your Root Canal

woman smiling after root canalIt will take several hours for the numbness in your mouth to wear off. It’s common to experience some soreness for a day or two following your procedure. Most patients find relief with OTC pain medications, but please contact us if you have any concerns.

After about two weeks, you will return to Needville Family Dentistry so Dr. Kunkel or Dr. Davis can check the tooth and then place a dental crown or composite filling on the tooth to protect it. 

Are You in Pain and Think You Need a Root Canal?

A root canal infection is not something to take lightly. An untreated infection can quickly become a life-threatening situation, so please call our Needville dental office right away if you are in pain. We always hold open appointments for emergency patients and arrange to see you the same day.