Root Canal Treatment
Many root canals are necessary because of dental decay, but others occur due to damage caused by accidents. If the crown of the tooth is broken or has cracks and chips, the damage can go into the root, and the roots will need reshaping. Our dentists at Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists in Houston, Richmond, Magnolia, and League City are experts at performing root canals.
What to Expect During a Root Canal
When you get to your dentist’s office after being in an accident, an assessment will be necessary for your teeth. If there is easy-to-see damage, it could indicate that the root or soft tissues within the teeth are affected too. However, sometimes the soft tissues, including the root, may still be affected even if there is no damage showing on the teeth.
After providing sedation to keep you comfortable during a procedure, our dentists at Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists will need to open the tooth to get to the root. They do this by drilling into the tooth to create an opening wide enough to work. The tooth is isolated with a dental dam to keep from spreading bacteria into your mouth. Once it is open, they use files to clean out the soft tissues and reshape the root canals. After the reshaping of the canals, they will pack the canals with a synthetic material.
Finishing the Root Canal
After packing the tooth, the dentist will discuss ordering a dental crown to protect it. Fitting a dental crown is an essential step to saving the tooth. Your dentist will go over the crown’s options with you and help you decide on one. Once the dental crown is created, the dentist will fit it over your tooth. After they cover your tooth, the root canal procedure is over.
Our dentists at Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists can save your tooth and get it back to full function so that you can speak clearly and go back to eating the foods you love.