The team of Peters Dental Associates are pleased to offer a selection of services that can be used to enhance one’s smile, as well as improve their oral health. Certain conditions can wreak havoc on a patient’s smile. This includes infection and cavities. However, when a toothache occurs, patients may need more than just a filling. In some instances, cavities can become extremely large and deep and can cause patients great pain and discomfort. In some cases, the cavities reach the dental pulp and an infection inside the tooth occurs. At this point, most patients will benefit from root canal therapy.
Understanding root canal therapy
When patients hear “root canal,” they often associate the procedure with great pain. The reality of it is that the root canal procedure is actually painless and can eliminate the discomfort patients experience. The root canal treatment is performed by Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. of Houston, TX. It begins with x-rays to determine if the procedure is necessary. Then, patients are properly sedated and anesthetized before starting treatment to ensure they are comfortable. The dentist can access the inner portion of the natural tooth through a hole made in the enamel, and with special instruments, removes the dental pulp. The dental pulp is a mass of tissues that houses the nerves and blood supply. Once removed, the canals of the tooth are disinfected and a material called gutta percha is used to seal the inside canals and the access point. A dental crown is often affixed over the tooth to act as an extra layer of protection and strength. Most patients will have their procedure completed quickly and comfortably in their local dental practice without referrals to an oral surgeon.
Save your smile with root canal therapy
If you are dealing with an infection or a large cavity in a tooth that is impacting your day-to-day life, it may be the right time to speak to the professionals of Peters Dental Associates to schedule an evaluation. Many of our patients suffering from a toothache may find that treatment such as root canal therapy can address the pain while saving the natural tooth structure. Call Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. of Houston, TX today at (281) 486-8061 and visit at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard, Ste. 100.