A root canal is a procedure of removing the infected dental pulp inside of a tooth, thoroughly disinfecting its canals to remove bacteria to prevent reinfection, and replacing it with a special filling material that will restore the tooth’s structural integrity and strength.
An infection can be caused by tooth decay that spreads to the deeper layers of the tooth or dental trauma which causes bacteria to enter the inside portion of the tooth, leading to inflammation and an abscess. This can cause a lot of pain but sometimes infections can be present without any pain when the nerve has died.
Tooth infections must be treated by removing the infected tissues which are the tooth’s pulp, along with the roots. After thoroughly cleaning the tooth and repairing the inside, we protect it with a crown so it doesn’t break under chewing forces. Contact us at Flo Dentistry to schedule a consultation.
Getting immediate care for a dental emergency saves you time and money, prevents further complications, and is the best way to relieve your pain. The sooner you get help, the better!
Dr. Amin will take x-rays of your teeth to take a closer look at your dental pulp. X-rays will reveal if there is an infection and how far it has spread.
To prevent pain sensation, we will administer a local anesthetic and you will also have the option to be sedated if you are still nervous about the procedure.
A pulpectomy is the total removal of the tooth’s pulp and roots. This first step in the root canal process will relieve any pain caused by the infection.
Each tooth contains between 1 to 4 canals. Each canal needs to be thoroughly cleaned and reshaped to remove all of the bacteria.
Once the infection and all bacteria have been removed, we will fill the tooth with a gutta-percha filling. The rear teeth will be covered with crowns.
In a front tooth, the access hole is made on the lingual surface, meaning the back of the tooth near the tongue. After gaining access to the pulp chamber, the pulp, and roots and scraped out.
Each canal will be cleaned but since there are usually only 1 or 2 canals in the front teeth, this can typically be done in a single appointment. Then, the tooth is filled with gutta-percha and the access hole is sealed. The front teeth do not usually require protection with a crown.
In the rear teeth, we make the access hole through the biting surface of the tooth, which makes access to the pulp chamber much easier and more direct. There can be up to 4 canals in the rear molars so after we remove the pulp and roots, the canal cleaning process can take multiple appointments to complete.
Gutta-percha is then used to fill the tooth and the rear teeth are always recommended to be protected with dental crowns because they will be in a weakened state and can break under chewing forces.
TMD pain can extend to the neck, ear, face, upper back and shoulders. It can also cause migraines.
When administered by a professional dentist, teeth whitening should not damage your teeth.
Generally, teeth whitening is suitable for anyone with healthy teeth and gums. It is proven to help eliminate stains caused by coffee, tobacco, tetracycline, and many more.
Preventive measures like avoiding drinking and eating foods that can stain can help ensure your teeth last longer.
Unlike typical over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, professional whitening uses more potent formulas to deliver the desired results in a single treatment.
Need to improve your smile through professional teeth whitening? We are ready to help you at Flo Dentistry. Contact us online or call (713) 893-5526 to schedule a consultation.
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