Root Canal Therapy in Houston, TX

Root canals are never high up on a patient’s list of favorite dental treatments. However, root canal therapy can be essential for restoring a patient’s oral health. At The Smile Club, we are committed to offering gentle root canal treatments to help our patients have the most positive dental experiences possible. Contact our office today to learn more about our restorative services and schedule your next visit!

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How will I know if I need a root canal?

The best way to know if you need a root canal or another restorative dental service is by scheduling a visit with our practice. Our team would be happy to assess your smile to determine if a root canal is the right choice for you. Common symptoms that can indicate that a root canal may be necessary include:

  • Unbearable pain, especially while eating
  • One or more bumps on gums
  • Chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged teeth
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Change in gum color
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Are root canals painful?

Many patients think of root canals as being very painful and anxiety-inducing treatments. This is because root canal treatments were much more uncomfortable in previous decades than they are now, but thanks to modern medicine and advancements in technology, root canal therapy is pretty similar to having a cavity filled from the patient’s perspective. Before your treatment begins, a local anesthetic will be used to numb your teeth and gums. If you’re interested in utilizing dental sedation during your treatment, please let us know, and we’ll be happy to assist.

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Why are root canals necessary?

Root canal therapy can become necessary when an infection occurs inside a tooth, and the infected dental pulp must be removed to restore the patient’s oral health. Tooth infections can occur as a result of a cracked or broken tooth not being restored quickly enough. When harmful bacteria are allowed to enter the bloodstream through a damaged tooth, serious consequences can develop, which is why it’s important to schedule restorative work with an experienced dentist promptly. The only alternative to root canals are dental extractions, but we always want our patient’s to keep their natural teeth as often as possible.

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