Tooth fractures – A person who experiences a blow to the mouth area may be a candidate for endodontic treatment. The trauma from the hit can cause teeth to dislodge from the mouth and/or for teeth to become chipped and fractured. In such cases, a root canal may be required to stabilize the injured tooth or teeth.
Tooth removals – This can occur whether the tooth falls out due to decay, a collision accident or even after recent dental work has been performed. In order to preserve the tooth, it is vital that it be placed in a special dental solution (available in pharmacies) or in milk. From there, the patient should make an endodontist visit as soon as possible in order to have the tooth installed through root canal therapy.
Abscessed tooth – Often caused by severe tooth decay, it results in an infection of the root that manifests itself in extreme pain. Abscesses can also be caused by other factors such as trauma to the teeth or gum disease. Because dental pulp is often damaged by deep decay or physical trauma, an endodontist is uniquely equipped for this sensitive dental issue.
The endodontic procedure process
A root canal procedure that takes place at our Galleria endodontics office is typically completed in one and three visits. Before the procedure begins we will take complete X-rays of the teeth and conduct a full examination before confirming that endodontic therapy is needed.
Prior to the procedure, we will administer a local anesthetic to numb pain and place the patient in a relaxed state. A protective sheet, or dental dam, will be placed over the patient’s chest and torso area in order to ensure that the surgical area is kept sanitary.
During the root canal, the endodontist will first create an opening in the surface of the tooth. Next, the endodontist extracts the infected or inflamed pulp that was the cause of the tooth pain. The inside of the tooth is then carefully cleaned and disinfected. Finally, the opening is shaped, filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The gutta-percha is a biocompatible material that is applied to the tooth to ensure that the root canals openings are completely sealed off.
Once the tooth is sealed off, a temporary filling is placed over the tooth in order to restore it to its full functionality. A permanent crown or restoration will be installed during the final visit, thereby completing the root canal process.
Galleria Dental Endodontic Specialists
If you suffer from painful and persistent tooth and gum pain, you can rely on your Houston endodontics experts at Galleria Dental. Dr. Ali Daneshmand and his team of endodontists can perform root canal retreatment, as well as cracked tooth and root amputation procedures.
If you have questions or concerns about our endodontic procedures, please call to schedule an appointment or fill out our contact form here.