Root Canal Specialist

Houston Dental Care

Fadi Charles Salha, DDS

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

When you have throbbing pain from a tooth infection and decay, a root canal procedure can ease your agony and save your tooth. Charles Salha, DDS and the expert team at Houston Dental Care offer expert care to relieve your dental infection or abscess. If you think you need a root canal, call their Houston, Texas office today or book your appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

The inside of your tooth is made up of a material called pulp, which contains blood vessels and nerves that run through each of your tooth’s canals. The pulp can become infected and cause persistent, throbbing pain.

A root canal is an advanced procedure that dentists use to save your infected tooth. When you need a root canal, it’s most likely due to damage or decay.

When is a root canal recommended?

When your tooth is infected and causes pain, Dr. Salha recommends a root canal. Signs that you may need root canal treatment include:

  • Swelling in your face or gums
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Severe pain
  • Darkening of your tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • A small bump near the area where your tooth aches
  • Bad taste from the area of the painful tooth

What happens during a root canal treatment?

With the assistance of his excellent team, Dr. Salha has performed hundreds of root canal procedures and understands that you may be nervous about it. He makes you comfortable with anesthesia and ensures you are completely numb before he starts the treatment. The steps in a root canal procedure are:

  • Create an opening in your tooth
  • Clear out the damaged or infected pulp
  • Irrigate the tooth chamber
  • Place medicated material in the tooth chamber
  • Fill the chamber with rubber-like pieces
  • Close the opening in your tooth with a filling
  • Make an impression for a crown
  • Apply a temporary crown

Do root canals hurt?

Unfortunately, root canals are a dreaded dental procedure. While they have a bad reputation, most patients agree that the procedure is far less uncomfortable than they imagined.

Dr. Salha uses anesthesia and makes sure you don’t feel any pain throughout the entire procedure. If you have any residual pain several hours after the treatment, Dr. Salha prescribes medication or recommends over-the-counter pain relievers to soothe the discomfort.

Don’t let an infected or damaged tooth slow you down with nagging pain. It’s best to seek root canal treatment at the first sign of trouble. Call Houston Dental Care to set up an appointment or book online.