Lovett Dental Cinco Ranch is proud to specialize in root canal treatment, along with a variety of other dental treatments. While no one wants to experience dental pain, it is a sign that something is wrong inside your mouth. If you are experiencing severe pain, sensitivity to heat and cold, pain when you chew or bite down, or pain when you put pressure on an area, it’s time to call for an appointment. You may have a cavity, or you may have an issue that’s serious enough that you need root canal treatment. No matter your needs, our general dental services can help.

What is a Root Canal?

patient getting root canal treatmentRoot canals are small channels that start slightly beneath the top of your tooth, leading down to the tip of the tooth’s root. Many dental issues involve infection spreading to the pulp inside the tooth, which is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue. If this infection worsens, it can even begin affecting the root of your tooth.

If the inside of your tooth is damaged, you can experience numerous problems, like pain and sensitivity to heat and cold. These may be the first indication that you have a dental issue. If the infection is left untreated, it can spread and cause small pockets of pus to form. These can set into the root canal of your tooth, leading to a potentially dangerous health issue that needs to be resolved with treatment, medication, and dental therapy.

What Causes a Dental Infection?

Dental infections may not be noticeable at first, but over time you’ll notice that you’re experiencing ongoing pain in your tooth, jaw, face, head, or all of the above. You may also have a fever. These issues can become an emergency health issue if they are not resolved, so you’ll need to schedule an appointment with our dentists for root canal treatment as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may wind up seeking emergency dental services and having larger, whole-body health issues treated.

Dental infections can form due to:

  • Cavities – A severe cavity left unfilled can dramatically worsen and lead to a root canal. If this is your situation, Lovett dental can help.
  • Trauma to the tooth – A tooth that has experienced impact damage from a fall, a blow, or another accident may develop an infection and need treatment.
  • Severe dental decay – Severe decay can cause the need for root canal treatment in order to save the damaged tooth or teeth.

Root Canal Treatment at Lovett Dental Cinco Ranch

Root canals are a reliable treatment with a solid rate of success. They are proven to stop the spread of infection within the tooth while saving the portion of the tooth that is still healthy and eliminating the pain that you are experiencing. Root canal therapy’s entire design is to save a tooth that is causing you problems. Before the treatment existed, the only way that a dentist could treat a severely damaged tooth was to extract it.

Root canal treatment typically involves several trips to the dentist’s office. During the treatment, the dentist will clean out the infection and pack the tooth with medication to prevent infection. On another visit, the tooth will be fitted with a dental crown to fully restore its function. Root canal treatment involves minimal discomfort or pain.

If you are in need of a root canal to treat a damaged tooth, the team at Lovett Dental Cinco Ranch will make sure that your procedure is as comfortable as possible and that you understand all of the treatment options available to you. Contact us today at 832.662.3059 to learn more about this important treatment.