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Root Canal Therapy – Humble, TX

Save an Infected Tooth and Stop Your Pain

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You might have heard root canal therapy is one of the most painful procedures you can have, but it’s not true; in fact, avoiding it might lead to more pain! At Progressive Dental Group, we offer root canal therapy in Humble, TX as a solution for patients suffering from a severe tooth infection while making sure that any discomfort associated with the procedure is kept to a minimum. If you have a toothache that won’t go away, call our dental office as soon as possible!

Why Choose Progressive Dental Group for Root Canal Therapy?

  • High Quality Care from Compassionate Bilingual Dental Team
  • Procedure Performed In-House
  • Custom-Made Dental Crowns

What is a Root Canal?

Animation of root canal therapy

The center of the tooth contains a soft tissue known as dental pulp, which holds all the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue responsible for the tooth’s development. If your tooth has been damaged badly enough – say, from physical trauma or a cavity – harmful oral bacteria can infect the pulp. Root canal therapy is a procedure where diseased pulp is removed, preventing the damage from spreading. Since the tooth can be nourished by the tissues surrounding it, it can survive without the pulp as long as it’s fully mature.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Model of root canal treated tooth

Infected pulp will not get better over time. It will continue to damage the tooth and will eventually form an abscess, which is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the root. An abscessed tooth can be very painful, and the infection could spread to other parts of your body; in rare cases it could even be life-threatening, especially if you have a weakened immune system. If root canal therapy isn’t performed, at some point the only way to protect your health will be to remove the tooth altogether.

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

Smiling dental patient

While in the past root canal therapy might have been a painful procedure, today we use anesthesia to numb the area. Thanks to this and other modern techniques, this procedure now causes no more discomfort than a routine filling. Our dental office also offers nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to further help you relax.

Root canal therapy will stop the pain from your tooth infection; it will also let you save your tooth so that you don’t have to get an extraction. You’ll be glad you had the surgery done in the long run!

Recovering from a Root Canal

You might experience some discomfort or sensitivity around the affected tooth after root canal therapy is complete and the local anesthetic wears off. To control the sensations, you can take painkillers (either prescription or over the counter) as directed. The pain is typically mild and should fade after a few days.

You should avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Stick to a soft diet while your mouth is still healing; avoid anything especially hard, crunchy or chewy. If your symptoms don’t improve, call our dental office as soon as possible.