Non-surgical Root Canal Therapy

Non-surgical root canal is a simple dental treatment that is widely used to preserve natural teeth. At Smile Artist Dentistry in Houston, we perform this highly effective treatment when possible to save teeth instead of removing them. Root canals also prevent the need for dental prosthetics like implants or bridges.

The tissue in the center of teeth is called pulp. This substance is comprised of nerves and blood vessels that channel into the tooth through the end of the root, or the root canal. Irritation or damage to the pulp is typically the result of severe trauma such as chips and cracks, deep decay or too many dental procedures. Infection can often be identified by visible injury, tooth sensitivity, swelling, pain in the gums and tooth, pain when chewing.

If you experience any of these symptoms, your Houston dentist may suggest a non-surgical root canal to remove the injured pulp. This endodontic therapy is essentially a really deep filling that is placed far into the center of the tooth. This procedure involves removing the pulp and leaving the root canal intact. The root system is cleaned thoroughly and sealed down to the end of the root with guttapercha, a rubber-like material used to fill canal space.

This therapy is completed in one visit to the Smile Artist Dentistry’ office in Houston, under local anesthesia. Patients with no anatomical abnormalities can expect a success rate of about 90 percent.  Your dentist in Houston will discuss the best treatment suitable for your unique situation.

The cost of the non-surgical root canal is dependent on which tooth is affected and the extent of the damage. Endodontic treatment is usually much cheaper than tooth removal or tooth replacement. It is common for a buildup, post and a crown to be required post root canal therapy.

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