Endodontics And Root Canals

Artaza Dental

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry & Dental Implants Specialist located in West Houston, Katy, TX

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, endodontic treatment can relieve your discomfort and improve your oral health. At Artaza Dental in Katy, Texas, Hugo Artaza, DDS, and his team deliver comprehensive care for your teeth from the inside out. Endodontics focuses on dental issues that stem from the inside of your teeth. To learn more, call Artaza Dental or schedule an appointment online today.

Endodontics and Root Canals Q & A

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is an area in dentistry that involves treating the inner portion of damaged teeth. This includes the tissue, nerves, blood vessels, and pulp inside each tooth. The most common endodontic procedure is root canal therapy.

A root canal is a restorative treatment. Dr. Artaza removes the infected or decayed pulp inside your tooth and replaces it with a biologically safe material called gutta-percha, a natural rubbery substance.

Why would I need endodontics?

Endodontics focuses on rebuilding the inside of damaged teeth to prevent tooth loss. Procedures like root canal therapy can save teeth that you otherwise might be in danger of losing by having them pulled.

Signs you need an endodontic procedure include:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Deep tooth decay
  • Tooth infection
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the jaw

Tooth infections can cause abscesses, bacteria-filled sacs that form at the end of your tooth root. Without quick treatment, a tooth abscess can rupture, leaving your body vulnerable to potentially harmful bacteria.

What are the different procedures in endodontics?

The two main endodontic procedures are:

Root canal

A root canal is the most common endodontic procedure that Dr. Artaza does at his office. During this procedure, he numbs your mouth with an anesthetic before creating a small access hole in the center of your tooth. Dr. Artaza then uses special dental tools to remove your tooth pulp.

To ensure your tooth is protected from reinfection, he cleans and disinfects the inside of your tooth before filling it with gutta-percha. Finally, Dr. Artaza seals the access hole.

Apicoectomy

While a root canal is usually enough to restore your tooth, your infection or inflamed tissue can return. In that case, Dr. Artaza does a surgery called an apicoectomy. He makes an incision in your gum tissue to expose the bone underneath. He then opens the bone to remove the infected tissue.

Once your damaged tooth is restored, Dr. Artaza will often recommend protecting it from further infection and decay with a tooth-shaped cap called a dental crown.

For more information about endodontics, call Artaza Dental today or schedule an appointment online.