Root Canals

General Dentists located in Galleria area, Houston, TX

Root Canals

A root canal is a minimally invasive procedure to restore the health of a decayed or infected tooth. At the office of Heather M. Wilmore, DDS, root canals are available for adults and children to save your natural teeth and prevent the need for extraction. Dr. Wilmore prioritizes your comfort during the procedure and offers sedation dentistry services to calm dental anxieties. Call the Houston, Texas, office to find out if you’re a candidate for root canals, or book an appointment online today. 

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

A root canal is a surgical treatment for inflamed or infected teeth. The goal of a root canal is to save your natural tooth from extraction (removal).

During a root canal, Dr. Wilmore removes the inflamed or infected pulp (nerve) of your tooth, widens the canal, and clears away any infection. She places a crown over your natural tooth to protect it from further damage.

Why would I need a root canal?

You should schedule a root canal consultation at the office of Heather M. Wilmore, DDS, if you have symptoms like:

  • Tooth decay
  • Severe dental pain
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Increased sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures

Dr. Wilmore completes a comprehensive oral health exam. She takes dental X-rays of your teeth and jaw to identify nerve inflammation, infection, decay, and other dental issues and determine if you’re a candidate for a root canal.

By saving your natural tooth, Dr. Wilmore protects your long-term oral health and restores your ability to bite and chew.

What can I expect during my root canal?

During your root canal, Dr. Wilmore injects an anesthetic to prevent discomfort. She also offers sedation dentistry services for anxious patients that help keep you calm and relaxed throughout your procedure.

Dr. Wilmore uses a drill to remove the top portion of your tooth to access the pulp inside. She carefully cleans and disinfects the tooth canal and fills it with a rubber-like material before placing a custom crown over your existing tooth.

The crown looks and functions like your natural teeth and also prevents debris from entering your treated tooth.

How long does it take to recover from root canals?

Soon after your root canal is complete, you can go home or get back to your usual activities. If you receive sedation medications, you can expect to spend some downtime in the office and need a loved one to drive you home.

It’s common to experience mild discomfort for a few days after your root canal. Dr. Wilmore can recommend over-the-counter medications to address any inflammation or pain you have. You can also apply ice packs to help keep you comfortable.

Call the office of Heather M. Wilmore, DDS, to learn more about the treatment benefits of root canals, or book an appointment online today.