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How to Avoid a Root Canal in Memorial TX

Do you need to see an oral surgeon for a root canal? Have you been told if you don’t have a root canal “immediately” you’ll lose the tooth? If you have a root canal, will you eventually need a dental implant? How much does a root canal cost, and what will insurance pay?

There’s a lot of misinformation about root canal procedures, and we work hard to provide clear, helpful information to patients here in our Memorial TX family dental practice. We like to think we specialize in giving our patients the information they need to make informed decisions, without scaring them – even when a procedure sounds a little “scary.”

Why Would I Need a Root Canal Procedure?

First, let’s be clear: a root canal is part of your tooth. While a tooth may have more than one root, each has one root canal, which is filled with pulp. (Yes, that’s the ‘technical’ term.) When the pulp that fills the tooth’s root canal is damaged or infected, a root canal procedure is necessary to save the tooth.

It’s not a terrifying, or even a terribly long procedure, but it’s gotten a bad rap over the years. The fact is, some root canal procedures are more complicated than others – and we are quick to refer any complicated oral surgeries to endodontic specialists. But most can be done in our office, and while they’re not “emergencies,” it’s always best to take care of them sooner rather than later. Put off a necessary root canal procedure or endodontic treatment too long, and you’re likely to have pain, more infection, and eventually, it will probably become necessary to extract the tooth.

While it’s best to avoid needing a root canal, by following good dental habits (brushing regularly and visiting a dentist for professional cleanings) sometimes, an infection becomes established under the gum line, and the root canal is compromised.

We also see a number of patients who need root canal treatment because of an accident or injury – a hard knock to the teeth during a soccer, basketball, or baseball game, or even car accidents.

Where Uptown-area Houston TX Patients Turn When They Have Questions About a Root Canal

Whether you have concerns about a change in tooth sensitivity, are worried about a tooth or several teeth that have sustained an injury, have questions about any other dental issues or even insurance coverage, our Memorial TX dental staffers are available to discuss those issues by phone, 713-622 –3240, or via email. We’ll do all we can to answer your questions, and relieve your worries about a possible root canal or other procedure.

Contact our Uptown Houston TX office, by phone 713-622 –3240, or via email. We’ll do all we can to answer your questions, and relieve your worries.