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Root Canals services offered in Kingwood TX

Each year, more than 15 million Americans undergo a root canal. This quick, outpatient procedure can relieve pain, stop an infection from spreading, and prevent the need for an extraction. At Dentistry of Kingwood, Pierre Ghattas, DDS, and the team boast years of experience performing root canals with special tools and anesthesia. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Kingwood, Texas, call the office today or click the online booking feature.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

A root canal removes damaged or infected pulp from the center of your tooth. Pulp is a soft, malleable substance that contains nerves and blood vessels. It provides temperature sensations but isn’t necessary for a tooth’s long-term survival. 

Over the years, root canals have developed a bad reputation, but the process is quick and pain-free. What’s more, the team at Dentistry of Kingwood uses local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Most root canals take 45 minutes or less.

Why are root canals needed?

At Dentistry of Kingwood, the team uses root canals to repair damage to your tooth pulp caused by:

  • Deep decay
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Extensive dental work
  • A blow to the mouth

If you regularly experience tooth pain, swelling, or a sensation of heat in your gums, make an appointment at Dentistry of Kingwood right away.

What do root canals involve?

At Dentistry of Kingwood, a root canal takes two appointments about a week apart.

First root canal visit

If your provider determines that you can benefit from a root canal, they administer a local anesthetic and carefully remove the damaged or infected pulp from the center of your tooth. Your provider sanitizes your tooth with an antiseptic solution and fills it with a material called gutta-percha.

Then, your provider takes impressions of your tooth and sends the impressions to a dental laboratory. Before you leave, your provider attaches a temporary crown to your tooth and provides care instructions.

Second root canal visit

When the dental lab finishes your permanent crown, you return to Dentistry of Kingwood. Your provider replaces your temporary crown with the permanent one, polishes your teeth, and sends you home.

What is recovery like after a root canal?

After a root canal, it’s normal to experience increased tooth sensitivity and mild discomfort. To speed up the healing process, the team at Dentistry of Kingwood recommends:

  • Brushing and flossing gently
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication
  • Using a desensitizing toothpaste
  • Avoiding extremely hot or extremely cold foods
  • Eating soft foods, like scrambled eggs, for a few days

Most people recover within a few days, but it may take up to a week. Follow your provider’s instructions carefully and don’t rush back into your routine.

To learn more about root canals, make an appointment at Dentistry of Kingwood by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.