What Is a Root Canal?
Unfortunately, tooth decay does not just go away on its own. In fact, it only gets worse. When the destructive bacteria and decay go deep within a tooth, you may be setting yourself up for an infection, a tooth too damaged for a simple filling, and/or a dead tooth. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our team of experienced dental professionals can diagnose and treat a persistent toothache with our endodontic therapies in Kingwood, TX. Some of the common signs that you might need a root canal are tooth discoloration, a visible pus pocket at the gumline of the infected tooth, a constant toothache, pain in the jaw, and inflamed gums. Meet with our dental team about our root canal therapies to save your pearly whites from extraction, discoloration, and pain. We offer consultations for new and current patients in need of endodontic treatment by appointment in our Kingwood office.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"The office staff is wonderful, they have gone above and beyond to help me out! Gotten root canals and fillings done, awesome work!"- L.T. / Yelp / Dec 22, 2014
"First visit. Had a root canal. Loved the doctor and the staff."- M.B. / Google / Jul 25, 2017
"Everyone from the front office to the dentist are pleasant. That was the best root canal I've ever had."- D.B. / Google / Jul 27, 2013
"The staff is incredibly nice, and everyone really knows what they're doing. I'm terrified of needles and the dentist, but they made my root canal as pleasant an experience as possible :)"- M.B. / Google / Jul 27, 2016
"I found my way to “Made You Smile” dental office shortly after moving to Kingwood in June of 2015 .. had a double abscess.. and no local dentist set up .. called and even with a last minute call in .. they worked me in ,the Staff was very accommodating! and My now Dentist Dr Douglas Rossi DDS <br /> Will hopefully be my forever Dentist !! <br /> My dental issues started from way back.. I was born into a era when dental insurance was raw.. braces where only available to those with extra money.. since insurance did not cover these expenses.. needless to say my dental issues followed me into my adult life .. and I tried and sought out options to correct the over crowding of teeth in my mouth.. seeking a desired Smile was a internal hope .. and most professional establishments that I sought treatment with were either at a loss as to how to begin, or had very extreme procedures planed to correct all the dental issues that I had been born with .. and reluctantly had learned to live with ..<br /> Until this faith filled dental visit that was meant to be.. <br /> as Dr Rossi worked on my Double abscess, I was so amazed at His skill ... I have had a lot of dental work done over the years .. the over crowded teeth seemed to leave a never ending path of cavities.. & root canals .. and I’ve had some very painful experiences.. and now a double abscess , two root canals <br /> And no pain !! Wow .. As He was working on my mouth , He was telling me that He could fix the teeth ( the crowded crooked ones) .. at first in my mind I’m thinking to my self “Yea yea right!! What extreme procedure did He want to use??? <br /> Lol .. with two root canals it took quite a bit of time to get this done .. during this current procedure being done .. He would answer questions... lol .. yea it has always amazed me how dentists can understand what a person is saying even when their mouth is full of every kind of dental equipment under the sun !! Lol but they can!! He spoke of Luminaries and How He could fix my smile!! Well I was definitely listening!! And very interested !! And now Had a reasonable goal to work with !! <br /> I left that day with a smile on my face!! No Pain ,and very little after the numbness went away!! <br /> And a plan in the works !! <br /> Along with all the dental issues.. I also have TMJ Syndrome, popping and clicking of my jaw, I attributed this mostly because my over bite , I only bring this up because I’ve been told that a fix of this would result in having to break my jaw from other professionals!! <br /> Yea .. not happening ! <br /> Long story .. but the end result <br /> I am in the process of getting the Smile that I have always hoped and dreamed of!! ... even though my Husband has always loved my smile .. personally.. when I look in the mirror it’s always the “ONE” thing I wish I could change.. <br /> and NOW.. I am finally able to see this is possible!! .. the upper teeth have been completed... and besides a Great Smile.. the popping in my jaw has been less noticeable.. my bite is more even then it has EVER been... <br /> it’s been pennies on the dollar in comparison for all the extreme procedures quoted to me over the years to achieve this million dollar SMILE !! <br /> THANK YOU DR ROSSI for crossing paths with me on this faith filled day!! You have made a world of difference in my life!! <br /> And A Big Thank You going Out to the Whole Staff at “Made You Smile” ... You have taken Great care of My Husband too!! His Fear Of Dentists has been turned around!! One Outstanding Team !! <br /> Mere Words can not convey my Gratitude!!"- R.C. / Facebook / Jan 24, 2018
When Is a Root Canal Needed?
Your Made Ya Smile Dental dentist will evaluate your teeth to see if there is a need for a root canal. Generally, there is a chance you will need one if you have a deep cavity that goes all the way to the center of the tooth. Also, a cracked or fractured tooth from an accident or trauma may harm the delicate pulp within the center or may lead to an infection. An infected tooth, also known as an abscess, will only get progressively worse and will not heal itself. Without the proper treatments, the infection can spread into the jaw and other bones in your face. The tooth can also die, which means that you will not be able to save the tooth with a root canal. We want to help root canal patients save their teeth and avoid tooth extraction.
What Is the Root Canal Process?
If you have a tooth infection, your dentist may need to put you on an antibiotic to help stop the spread of infection. On the day of treatment, your dentist will provide you with sedation (either nitrous oxide gas or oral-conscious sedation) and inject you with a local anesthetic for the pain at the treatment site. In preparing for the root canal, the infection will likely have to be drained. At Made Ya Smile Dental, we want you to get the care you need without having to worry about discomfort. Once you are numb and the sedation has taken effect, your dentist will begin the work on your tooth. This can include clearing out the tooth decay and prepping the tooth for a restoration afterward. An opening will be made in the tooth if it is not already accessible through the cavity. All of the infected pulp will be removed. Basically, your dentist will be clearing out the root canal and adding in a filler material to bulk up the internal structure of the tooth. A tooth with this level of decay will most likely need a crown to restore functionality. A temporary crown will be placed to cover the tooth until a fixed crown can be made. We will give you post-procedure instructions at the appointment and answer your questions as they arise. Please have transportation arranged to take you home if your treatment included oral-conscious sedation.
Recovery After Root Canal Therapy
Once you are at home, you may notice that your face and gums feel slightly swollen for a few days after the treatment. We advise you to have an over-the-counter pain reliever on hand to help with the discomfort you might feel as your tooth heals. If you are taking antibiotics for the infection, please continue to take the medication until it is all finished. The follow-up to a root canal is a crown placement if it was not placed on the same day. During your routine dental exams, we will check the health of a tooth that has had a root canal to make sure it is strong or if it needs to have a new restoration placed. This makes going to the dentist regularly every year for an exam even more important if you want to maintain your teeth and restorations.
Are Root Canals Covered by Insurance?
Made Ya Smile Dental accepts several convenient payment methods if your root canal therapy is only covered by a percentage with a limit or not covered at all. Even with a percentage of your treatment covered, there may still be some out-of-pocket expense. We can give you information about low-interest financial plans through CareCredit® if you would like it.
Modern Endodontic Treatment
You will find that our team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX will do our best at managing your discomfort and providing root canal results in 1 – 2 office visits. We also want to reassure you that we do have nitrous oxide sedation, topical anesthetics, and oral-conscious sedation available should you need anti-anxiety interventions to keep you calm. Make your appointment and end the agony of an infected tooth root.