What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment often used when the dental pulp, which is the innermost layer of the tooth, is infected or damaged. When not properly treated, this type of infection may result in the death of the tooth, which then requires extraction. To avoid this and to prevent the infection from spreading to other healthy parts of your mouth, our dentists may recommend a root canal in Houston, Texas. During a root canal, we remove the infected tissues from the tooth and thoroughly sanitize the tooth, removing all signs of infection and disease. The tooth is then filled and capped with a restoration to return it to optimal shape, structure, and size. This treatment usually requires just one or two comfortable visits to our office.

Does a root canal hurt?

Over the years, root canal therapy has gained a reputation for being a painful treatment. In reality, however, getting a root canal typically causes no more discomfort than a regular dental filling. The pain relief you will feel from treating the infection is often far greater than any tenderness caused by the treatment. You can also rest assured that Drs. Kim, Han, Cook, and Cho use the greatest possible skill and gentleness for a positive, comfortable dental experience. To learn more, call us today at Red Bird Family Dental!