Saving hopeless teeth in Houston, Texas.
Previously, the solution to teeth with damaged roots or infection was extraction. Fortunately, these teeth can now often be saved by a root canal. When you have a toothache, it is just a powerful reminder that your teeth aren’t just hard pieces of enamel attached to the gums. They are actually intricately formed parts with layers of hard substances overlaying a delicate core. And, because teeth are not bones, they will not heal themselves. In the center of the tooth, lies a collection of nerves and blood vessels that provide nutrients and sensation to each tooth. Therefore, as long as the tooth stays healthy, you are rarely reminded of what a tooth actually is.
However, pain in your teeth invokes awareness to a problem area. Pain tells us that something is not right. It is the little bundle of nerves and vessels inside your tooth warning you that they are irritated, damaged, or under attack.
The longer you ignore a cavity, the deeper the cavity decays – which can, in time, decay to the inner nerves. When Dr. Viet Tran determines that the nerve won’t recover or infection is present, then root canal treatment may be suggested.
Modern anesthetics provide powerful numbing for gentle removal of the inflamed nerve inside the tooth. The nerve canal undergoes disinfection and careful shaping, and a sealer fills the internal space. A filling or crown over the tooth helps return the tooth to its original condition.
Are Root Canals safe?
There are many articles circulating the internet that claim root canals have an adverse effect. However, there is a lot of research that dispute those claims. Many of these claims rest on unsubstantiated theories put forward decades ago without any scientific basis.
In fact, new techniques and materials make root canal treatment more successful than ever. However, even older methods still hold a proven track record, allowing millions of damaged teeth to continue functioning.
With modern anesthetics and technology, the procedure of fixing a tooth by removing the pulp and replacing it with filling material is painless. The once-dreaded root canal has lost its anxiety factor!