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Root Canal Treatment in Houston Endodontic Office

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, root canal treatment can save the tooth. How do you know if you have an infected tooth? Some of the signs are heat and cold sensitivity, swelling and pain, or a bad taste in your mouth. Or, you may experience no symptoms at all and not realize that you have a dental problem.
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Alternatives to a Root Canal

Once the pulp of a tooth has become infected, your choices are limited. You could choose to delay treatment, you could choose to have the tooth extracted, or you could choose to save your tooth with root canal treatment.
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Steps of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment and subsequent tooth restoration usually involves three steps. First, your root canal dentist removes the infection to promote healing. Next, he places a post to strengthen the tooth. Finally, he crowns the tooth to protect it.
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What is an apicoectomy?

An apicoectomy is a minor surgical procedure that's necessary when root canal treatment hasn't completely healed an infected tooth. After root canal treatment, an abscess, which is a hole in the bone at the tip of the root, sometimes continues to grow.
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Post-Op Instructions: After a Root Canal

Root canal therapy often takes two or more appointments to complete. A temporary filling or crown is placed to protect the tooth between appointments. Between appointments, it's common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call your root canal dentist so it can be replaced.
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I'd rather quit than get a root canal

If you listen to comedy, or even just to your friends and relatives, you may hear something unpleasant compared to a root canal. Someone might joke, "I'd rather have a root canal" when turning down an offer or request. No one ever says they actually want root canal treatment. But if you're a smoker, that's essentially what you're doing whenever you put a cigarette in your mouth.
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Do I need a crown after root canal treatment

After root canal treatment, the tooth is weak and brittle. It is weak because the center of the tooth was removed to get at the infected nerve; only the sides of the tooth are left for support. And it is more brittle because the nerve and blood supply are gone.
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My tooth is killing me

You go home in the middle of the day with a severe toothache. “Just a pesky toothache; it will go away,” you moan. Hopefully, that happens, but in all likelihood, it won’t. Tooth pain a sign that something is drastically wrong in your mouth, but you may not know what is causing the pain.
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Dentoalveolar and periapical abscess

Abscess make up of about 2% of all dental problems around the root tips of the teeth.  This oral infection is divided into two forms.  The primary (neoteric) form involves the inflammation of the pulp and has little no significant change that can be seen on the dental x-rays.  They also named by our Houston dentists as an acute apical periodontitis or acute periapical abscess.  The secondary (recrudescent) form comes from a previously existed, asymptomatic lesions such as granuloma, cyst, scar, and cholesteatoma.
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Nonpyogenic soft-tissue odontogenic infections (cellutitis)

Nonpyogenic soft tissue odontogenic infections, cellutitis, either are caused by nonpyogenic bacteria or related to pre-pyogenic or post-pyogenic infections.  That is, the causative bacteria may be non-pyogenic or the infection has not reached the pus-forming or pus-pulling stage. Intraorally, the odontogenic infection may be originated in one of the three sites: the root canals and the periapex of the pulpless teeth, the gingival in periodontal disease, and the gingival operculum over an erupting tooth.
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Root canal no more?

Preliminary dental research reported a recent synthetic protein, Dentonin, assists to grow back damaged dentin. This new finding implicates that dentin regeneration will eliminate the necessity for root canal treatment for tooth with extensive cavity.
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