Comfortable Root Canal Therapy Completed in One Visit
Brian Bell, DDS, offers root canal therapy at his Lake Jackson, TX, practice that can be completed with a custom dental crown in a single visit. When decay advances to the pulp (the tissue within the tooth and root canals), root canal therapy is the only way to avoid the need for extraction. Modern root canal therapy is a virtually painless procedure that can alleviate the painful symptoms of advanced decay. We strive to make your experience with us as worry- and pain-free as possible, and offer sedation options to help you achieve maximum relaxation throughout treatment.
If you are suffering from persistent tooth pain, you may be experiencing advanced decay. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation and discuss all your treatment options with Dr. Bell.
Modern root canal therapy is efficient and virtually pain-free.
When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
In short, root canal therapy becomes necessary when decay advances past the outer structure of a tooth into the soft inner tissue. If you are experiencing persistent pain and sensitivity in your teeth and gums, you may be in need of root canal therapy. However, patients may experience a wide variety of symptoms that indicate root canal therapy is required:
- Moderate to significant pain when chewing
- Persistent sensitivity to heat and cold
- A darker tooth shade or other discoloration
- Persistent bad breath
- Frequent or persistent lesions on the gums
The Root Canal Procedure
Before treatment, the area surrounding your tooth is anesthetized and disinfected. A rubber dam is then placed to isolate the tooth and protect your other teeth. A small portion of the tooth is removed using a dental drill so the pulp can be accessed. Next, your dentist will remove all tissue from within the tooth and the root canals before disinfecting the emptied areas. Finally, he will fill the tooth with a rubber-like substance before sealing the access point. The healthy exterior of the tooth is then reshaped to accommodate a dental crown.
While most practices require that patients return weeks after the procedure to have the tooth crowned, we offer the convenience of same-day crowns created with our CEREC® machine. Once the crown is placed, your smile will look natural, and feel comfortable and balanced.
You can choose to receive oral sedation, allowing you to enter a deeply relaxed state while Dr. Bell performs your root canal. Oral sedation comes in the form of a pill, which is taken prior to your appointment. Patients are often recommended oral sedation if they experience dental anxiety or phobia, or if they have trouble sitting for long periods of time due to arthritis or other conditions. Ask about adding oral sedation to your procedure during your consultation with Dr. Bell.
Under our care, root canal therapy is a comfortable and convenient way to relieve the pain of advanced tooth decay and preserve the health of your smile. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Bell, contact our practice today.