As a family dental practice, we treat dental cavities and damage in the most conservative way possible. But when bacteria find their way into the pulp (center) of a tooth causing an infection, a root canal may be the only way to save the tooth and restore oral function. A root canal is a common dental procedure that we use to clean out infected tooth structure and rebuild a tooth from within to bring health back to your smile. Tooth infection that is not treated can cause damage that results in tooth loss and potentially even systemic illness. If you think that you may have an infected tooth, please call our Made Ya Smile team and get in to see general dentist Dr. Andrew LeQuang as soon as possible.
We know that some patients may fear the thought of having a root canal performed on a tooth. However, Dr. LeQuang and our team want you to know that receiving a root canal is really no different than any other routine dental procedure. Advancements in technology and dentistry over the years has given way to better anesthetic techniques and less invasive procedures. Your comfort and safety are at the top of our priorities and we will do everything possible to make sure your root canal visit is comfortable and pleasant. If you have tooth pain or an infected tooth and need root canal therapy, please do not put off treatment. Instead, turn to the team that Katy, TX patients trust for comfortable care and excellence in comprehensive dentistry.
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Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic procedure Dr. LeQuang performs to remove the nerve center and blood supply from a tooth that is extensively damaged, broken, cracked, infected, or decayed and cannot be saved. When bacteria find a way into the pulp area of your tooth, it creates an infection that travels down the internal portions of your tooth roots and into the surrounding bone. This causes an abscess in the jaw that will not heal on its own and can potentially threaten your general health if left untreated in addition to causing jawbone damage and discomfort.
You may have an infected tooth and need a root canal procedure if you experience:
• A dull ache or pain in the jaw
• Tooth pain or ache
• A small bump on the gums
• Discomfort when biting or chewing
• Darkening or graying of a tooth after an injury
• Tooth sensitivity to sweets or temperature changes
What To Expect
Dr. LeQuang and our caring team understand that you may have some fear over receiving endodontics for an infected tooth. During your consultation, we will be happy to let you know about our sedation dentistry options, which can help keep you relaxed and at ease on the day of your procedure. We can help you choose the best form of sedation, which might include nitrous oxide gas for mild dental fear or oral-conscious sedation if you experience moderate levels of dental anxiety.
Before starting your root canal, Dr. LeQuang with thoroughly numb your tooth, bone, and nerves with an effective local anesthetic. A small opening in the top of the tooth will then be created. He and our experienced team will remove infected tissue and reshape the internal portions of your tooth and canals with advanced endodontic instruments. Your tooth canals will then be filled with a special material that will strengthen your tooth from within. To promote healing, a sedative filling will be placed to cover the opening.
The process of a root canal tends to leave teeth at a higher risk for breaking since the blood and nerve supply is removed from the center of the tooth. Once your tooth is healed, we will likely place a natural-looking dental crown over your tooth to protect it from damage and fully restore your biting and chewing function. At the end of your root canal process, Dr. LeQuang will discuss the best options for restoring your tooth after endodontic care.
Recovering from a root canal is also similar to healing after other routine dental treatments. We recommend that you avoid eating until the numbness has worn off and have an adult companion drive you home if you received oral conscious-sedation for your procedure. Specific instructions on how to care for your tooth and temporary filling will be given to you at the end of your root canal appointment. Non-prescription pain relievers can be helpful in keeping you comfortable if you experience post-op discomfort. Any tooth pain you experienced from your infection prior to your procedure will start to resolve once your root canal is complete. Dr. LeQuang may also recommend an antibiotic to treat the infection within your jaw.
A few weeks after your procedure, we will schedule you for a follow-up visit to check your healing and recovery. At that time, we can also plan for restoring your tooth with a permanent crown or other restoration. Keeping up with your twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams at our Katy, TX facility can also go a long way toward helping you keep your smile healthy, happy, and comfortable.
Your dental insurance plan may offer some coverage toward your root canal procedure. To learn more about your coverage amounts, a member of our administrative team will get in touch with your provider and calculate any out-of-pocket costs. At Made Ya Smile, our Katy, TX family practice proudly accepts a range of payment options to help you cover costs that fall outside of your dental insurance benefits. We also partner with CareCredit® to bring low- or no-cost financing options to our patients.
Root Canal Therapy
With modern root canal therapy, you can experience a comfortable and pleasant procedure and bring health back to your smile. Root canals treat infected or damaged teeth by removing internal infection. These endodontic procedures from skilled general dentist Dr. LeQuang can return function to your smile while rebuilding and saving severely damaged teeth. If you have tooth pain or think you may need a root canal, please get in touch with our team Made Ya Smile team in Katy, TX right away. Timely root canal therapy can save you from needing a tooth extraction and can help keep your oral infection from impacting your systemic health.