Root canals are a type of treatment used to save a tooth from severe decay before it becomes necessary for extraction. It is required once a tooth’s soft tissues—also known as its pulp—becomes infected or inflamed. A root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp from the tooth and thoroughly cleaning and sealing the area to prevent further infection.
A tooth’s pulp—which consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues—may become infected if decay reaches far into the tooth, beyond the outer enamel layer. Left untreated, the decay may cause the tooth to eventually become so infected that it is beyond repair. At this point, tooth extraction is needed to remove the tooth and infection to prevent it from spreading and to reduce discomfort.
Benefits of Root Canals
- Removing the infected pulp during a root canal treatment will prevent the infection from spreading to your gums and nearby teeth.
- A root canal will significantly reduce the pain and discomfort you feel from the inflamed pulp.
- Root canal procedures are simple and you experience little to no discomfort throughout the treatment; it can be performed during one visit to our office.
If you are experiencing dental pain, we encourage you to come see our dentist, Dr. Sharel Sly, to determine if you would benefit from root canal treatment in Houston, Texas. We are committed to helping you enjoy a comfortable, healthy smile.