About Root Canal Therapy
A state-of-the-art dental practice, MINT dentistry provides comprehensive procedures for a wide variety of complex conditions. Our team is here to help you achieve a dazzling smile you feel confident flaunting, which starts with healthy teeth and gums. The team of board-certified doctors and dental professionals at our practice in Houston, TX performs root canal therapy for the treatment of severely decayed teeth in situations where a dental filling is no longer a viable option. Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal therapy removes the infection from the pulp, which keeps the decay from spreading to other teeth. The MINT dentistry team is aware of the fear that many people feel when faced with a root canal. However, we want you to rest assured that we understand, which is why we prioritize your comfort by utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to complete your procedure with precision. Our office also offers different levels of sedation to address fears while keeping you relaxed during your procedure. We invite you to schedule a consultation at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX to find out more about restoring the health of your teeth with a root canal.
A few reasons why the interior pulp of a tooth may become infected are an untreated cavity, a physical trauma, or a crack in the enamel. The symptoms of a tooth that needs a root canal are tooth or jaw pain, inflamed gum tissue, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the pulp is not removed, it will become increasingly painful as the infection spreads to other teeth and, if left untreated, your bloodstream.
What to Expect
To begin your root canal therapy, we will ask you to relax in a luxurious treatment chair, where you will be given stylish MINT dentistry sunglasses as well as a pair of Beats headphones so you can listen to music. We want you to feel at ease, so your doctor will help you choose the most effective sedation dentistry method for your root canal therapy. Many patients request nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to help them remain comfortable during a root canal. During an endodontic procedure, one of our board-certified dentists will remove the pulp utilizing advanced equipment and techniques. From there, the empty chamber will be sterilized to remove any lingering debris. Once the tooth is cleaned, we will use a special filling material to seal and protect the tooth. Usually a custom-made crown will be placed over the tooth to strengthen it.
Based on what type of sedation was used, we recommend that you have a responsible adult take you home after your root canal therapy. Your mouth may feel sensitive or swollen for a while so your doctor may prescribe a pain reliever. You should schedule a follow-up appointment six months after your procedure. Your dentist will check to make sure the infection is gone and that your mouth has healed. After that, you should schedule cleanings and exams.
The MINT Commitment
During your diagnostic exam and consultation, your dentist will discuss how much different root canal therapy options will cost so you can make sure your treatment plan fits your budget as well as your needs. If you have insurance, we can contact your carrier to determine how much your policy will cover. If you don't have insurance, we accept most payment methods and we can help you find medical financing. Ask about the MINT Discount Plan to learn how we can help you fit a root canal into your budget.
Thanks to advances in medical techniques and technology, getting a root canal is a fast, easy process to eliminate an infection inside the pulp of a tooth. Performed with the sedation method that's best for you, your root canal by our team of board-certified professionals at MINT dentistry can be comfortable to save you from pain or more complex procedures. Contact MINT dentistry in Houston, TX to schedule an exam and consultation to learn about root canals and other advanced procedures.