What Happens During a Root Canal?

If your dentist has recommended a root canal, you might be nervous. Root canals are often portrayed in movies and TV shows as extremely painful. While painful root canals were once a reality, modern dental technology has made the procedure much easier to handle. Here’s what you can expect during your root canal.

Who Needs a Root Canal?

Root canals are used to treat severely infected teeth. If you have a tooth infection that is not treated, the infection can spread into the pulp of the tooth. Tooth pulp contains nerves and connective tissue that are vital to the overall health of your teeth. If the tooth pulp is damaged beyond repair, a root canal might be needed to clear away the infected pulp and seal the tooth.

Root Canal Procedure

During a root canal, your dentist will drill a small hole into your tooth in order to remove the damaged pulp and related tissue. Next, they will clean the area with a disinfectant. Finally, a series of files will be used to ensure that all of the damaged pulp has been removed and that the tooth is ready to be filled. Your dentist will use an anesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable during the entire procedure.

Working With the Right Dentist

Finding the right dentist for your root canal might feel overwhelming. At Porter Smiles Dental, Dr. Mogri and his team will provide you with personalized care during your root canal. Call us at 281-519-7200 and make your appointment today!