What is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that can save a tooth that is so decayed that infection has reached the tooth’s innermost core. Dr. Gonzalez may also perform a root canal if a tooth is severely damaged by injury and creates the potential for bacteria to infiltrate the tooth’s pulp.
The Root Canal Procedure
During this procedure, Dr. Gonzalez will create a small hole in the tooth to access the root canal chamber. Then she removes the infected pulp material, cleans and fills the empty chamber, and fills it with a rubber-like substance to prevent the bacteria from re-entering the space. Dr. Gonzalez usually recommends placing a dental crown on the treated tooth to strengthen it and minimize the risk of breakage.
After Your Root Canal
In the few days following your root canal at our Nassau Bay, TX dental office, you will notice that the treated tooth feels different. You may experience some mild tenderness or discomfort during this time, but our dental team will give you instructions on how to manage that symptom, should it occur. You also will need to avoid chewing on the treated tooth until after we have restored it with a dental crown. Dr. Gonzalez and our dental team will also give you instructions on post-root canal care and any symptoms that might warrant immediate follow-up.
If you need a root canal and are in pain, you won't find a more caring or gentle dentist than Dr. Angela Gonzalez. Please call Artistic Smiles to arrange a dental appointment so we can relieve your discomfort and save your tooth.