About Root Canal Therapy
A premier practice, MINT dentistry provides advanced treatments for many concerns. Our goal is to give you sexy teeth, which begins with healthy teeth and gums. The team of board-certified doctors and dental professionals at MINT dentistry in Humble, TX offers root canal therapy for the treatment of severely decayed teeth in situations where a dental filling is no longer a viable option. Also called an endodontic treatment, a root canal removes the infected pulp, which prevents the decay from spreading. The MINT dentistry team is aware of the concern that many people feel when faced with a root canal. However, we want you to rest assured that we understand, which is why we prioritize your comfort by utilizing cutting-edge equipment and techniques to perform your root canal with precision. Our office also offers several sedation options to ease fears so you remain relaxed during your procedure. We invite you to schedule an exam and consultation at MINT dentistry in Humble, TX to get more information about how a root canal can restore your oral health.
The pulp inside a tooth can develop an infection from a cavity, crack, or physical trauma. The symptoms of a tooth that needs a root canal are tooth or jaw pain, swelling of the gums (around the affected tooth), and discoloration. If the tooth isn't treated, it will become increasingly painful once the infection spreads to other teeth, and eventually, your blood.
What to Expect
To begin your root canal therapy, we will ask you to relax in one of our treatment chairs where you can put on Beats headphones and MINT dentistry sunglasses. It's important that you feel relaxed while you undergo treatment so your team will help you select the appropriate sedation dentistry method for your root canal therapy. Many patients prefer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to help them remain comfortable during a root canal. Once you are ready, one of our board-certified dentists will carefully remove the pulp using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. After this, the empty tooth will be sterilized to remove any lingering debris. After the tooth is cleaned, it will be filled with a special material to protect and seal the tooth. Often, a dental crown will be placed over the treated tooth to strengthen it.
If sedation was used, you may need to ask a friend or family member to take you home after your root canal therapy. Your mouth and lower face might be swollen or sensitive for a while, which is why your dentist may write you a prescription for pain-relieving medication. You should schedule a follow-up appointment around six months after your procedure. Your dentist will make sure your tooth has healed, and the infection is gone. After that, we recommend you schedule annual dental exams and biannual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
The MINT Commitment
At your initial consultation, we will talk about treatment costs so you can make sure your treatment plan fits your needs, as well as your budget. If you are using insurance, we can contact your provider to determine your remaining bill after your benefits are applied. If you don't have dental insurance, MINT dentistry accepts many methods of payment and we can help you find low-interest medical financing. Ask about the MINT Discount Plan to learn how we reduce costs for necessary treatments, like root canals.
With modern dental technologies and techniques, getting a root canal is a quick, easy procedure to stop an infection inside a tooth. Along with the sedation method that's best for you, your root canal at MINT dentistry by board-certified doctors can be comfortable while saving you from tooth pain or more advanced procedures. Contact MINT dentistry in Humble, TX to schedule a consultation to get more information on treating an infected tooth with root canal therapy.