If You Have Cracked or Infected Teeth, You May Need a Root Canal

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The mouth is a complex interaction of a lot of different parts, and there are many things happening in it that you don’t know about. The teeth are the most common part to have problems arise in. Beneath the teeth and gums are the roots, blood vessels, and nerves that support them, this area is called the root canal. If an infection or inflammation happens in this area a root canal treatment might be necessary to save the tooth.

The root canal is a set of tubes inside the roots of a tooth that allow the supporting blood vessels and nerves to supply nutrients to the tooth. If this tube gets infected, it can cause a lot of pain and potentially kill the tooth. A root canal treatment can clear out the infection and save the tooth from more pain or dying off and needing to be removed.

To treat your infected root canal, Dr. Steven Wolfson will first numb the tooth to ensure that you experience as little pain as possible. He will then numb the tooth down to the infected pulp cavity and drill down to it. After that, he will remove the infected parts of the pulp and replace them with plugs that will secure the root. During the procedure, the Dr. will disinfect and clean inside the cavity and when he’s done, cover the tooth with a crown to prevent further infection.

While many people may feel uncertain about getting a root canal treatment, it is there to help save your tooth and the doctors are there to make you comfortable. Dr. Steven Wolfson is very skilled at keeping you comfortable for both the treatment at our office in Houston, Texas, and for caring for your tooth during recovery. Many people are unaware that the treatment is less painful than the infection, and getting the treatment can make your tooth even better than before.

For more information about root canals and root canal therapy, call our office today.