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Steps of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment and subsequent tooth restoration in our dental office usually involves three steps.

  First, your Houston dentist removes the infection to promote healing.

  Next, he places a post to strengthen the tooth.

  Finally, he crowns the tooth to protect it.
Rubber Dam
Our Houston dentist, Dr. Minh Nguyen, wants the entire procedure to be comfortable for you, so the first thing he'll do is make sure you're thoroughly numb. Then, he will place a rubber dam around your tooth to isolate it from the rest of your mouth. It protects you by keeping debris from falling to the back of your throat. It also keeps the tooth dry and accessible so your Houston dentist can do a better job.
Dental File
To get at the infection, your Houston dentist makes an opening through the top of the tooth down into the pulp chamber. With a dental file, your Houston dentist (or endodontist) carefully cleans out the infected tissue and shapes the canals to receive the filling material. X-rays are taken to make sure that all of the infected pulp is removed.
A post
Sometimes it's necessary to strengthen a tooth with a post. The post is cemented down inside one of the root canals.
Dental CrownMaking a crown is the last step your Houston dentist will do in restoring your tooth. It protects your tooth and give you back your smile.


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