What Is a Root Canal?
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 our skilled dentist as soon as possible.
We know that some patients may fear the thought of having a root canal performed on a tooth. However, our dentist and 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 have 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.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"My first time! I went for a specific issue, it ended up being a root canal and crown! Let's just say I get terrible anxiety when it comes to the dentist. (I can get tattoos but I can't deal with the dentist ) Staff was pretty nice. Dr. Miller himself was wonderful, made me feel comfortable and eased my anxiety by assuring me he would do everything to avoid me pain. And he did just that I felt nothing!!! He has such gentle hands! Will be going back for my routines!!!"- G.G. / Yelp / May 01, 2017
"I had a great experience at this office.Dr. Miller is AWESOME. I had to have a Root canal. It was painless & what I had to pay out of pocket was NOT expensive. The office is very nice & all the employees are AWESOME. They helped me with my dental fear. My over all experience was great!! I would recommen this office to all my family & friends!!"- K.T. / Google / Jul 27, 2016
"I had a great experience at this office. Dr. Miller is AWESOME. I had to have a Root canal. It was painless & what I had to pay out of pocket was NOT expensive. The office is very nice & all the employees are AWESOME. They helped me with my dental fear. My over all experience was great!! I would recommen this office to all my family & friends!!"- K.T. / Google / Mar 28, 2017
"My first time! I went for a specific issue, it ended up being a root canal and crown! Let’s just say I get terrible anxiety when it comes to the dentist. (I can get tattoos but I can’t deal with the dentist ) Staff was pretty nice. Dr. Miller himself was wonderful, made me feel comfortable and eased my anxiety by assuring me he would do everything to avoid me pain. And he did just that I felt nothing!!! He has such gentle hands! Will be going back for my routines!!!"- G.G. / Yelp / May 01, 2017
"I recommend it 1000% I am super grateful! I had a mess in my mouth, I needed crowns on the molars, an implant, a root canal, and more than 4 cavities in different teeth…. 7 years suffering at the hands of many dentists… what one doctor fixed for me, the other destroyed… I couldn't even use dental floss for fear that the old amalgams would come off… Dr. Abraham Thomas is super detailed, not only take care of dental health… also pay attention to aesthetics! 🙏🏻 He and his entire team are Pros. @christian_sba"- C.S. / Google / Aug 05, 2022
how do i know if i need a root canal?
Do I need a root canal? If you're not sure you need a root canal, it still may mean you're experiencing a serious dental issue that requires a dental exam at Made Ya Smile. However, there are a few signs and symptoms that may indicate that you need a root canal, including:
- A persistent, dull ache or pain in the tooth and/or jaw
- A small bump on or swelling of the gums
- Discomfort when biting or chewing
- Darkening or graying of a tooth
- Tooth sensitivity to sweets or hot and cold
- The tooth has been cracked or chipped
- The tooth feels loose
How long does a root canal take?
Depending on the extent of the infection in the tooth, a root canal can take anywhere between 30 – 60 minutes, on average; however, more extensive root canals may take longer. Before starting your root canal, our team will 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. Our dentist 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, our dentist will discuss the best options for restoring your tooth after endodontic care.
Our caring dentist and 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.
Recovery After Root Canal Therapy
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. Our dentist 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.
Are Root Canals Covered by Insurance?
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.
Modern Endodontic Treatment
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 our skilled general dentist 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.