What is Done During a Root Canal?

 In Root Canals

When patients visit Dr. Dernick due to pain and discomfort in their mouth, it may be required for a patient to have a root canal treated to find relief. Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure offered by Dr. Dernick. Root canals in The Woodlands can be done when it is necessary to remove the dental pulp from a tooth to alleviate pain. This is a common procedure that takes approximately twenty minutes to complete, but can leave the patient in much better condition.

Before a root canal procedure is started, patients are locally numbed to keep them from feeling any pain or discomfort during the treatment. Once the area is thoroughly numbed, Dr. Dernick can drill a small hole through the tooth to reach the inside portion called the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the tissue within the tooth that houses the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. Using small, precision instruments, Dr. Dernick will remove the dental pulp and disinfect the area entirely to ensure that it is clean and any infection is removed. Once this has been done, Dr. Dernick will apply special filling to fill and seal the hole that was created for the procedure. If the root canal has been done on a tooth further back in the mouth, a dental crown may be considered for placement to protect the tooth from breakage. Porcelain crowns are bonded to the front of teeth that have received root canal therapy to keep pressure and clenching from cracking the natural tooth and thus requiring an extraction.

Root canals are the perfect way for dentists to address a dental concern while maintaining the patient’s natural teeth. It is important that patients are not quick to extract teeth as a quick fix, because restorations are expensive and bone loss can occur from the removal of natural teeth.

Dr. Dernick is available to perform root canals and other endodontic treatments for those who need them. If you or someone in your family may be in need of root canal therapy, call The Woodlands Dental Group today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Dernick and his staff to find out if a root canal can assist you in finding relief.


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