We Provide Top-Notch Dental Services & Care
Mills Dental Group provides root canal treatment to patients throughout Houston, TX, and the surrounding areas. In addition to root canals, we provide a wide range of other dental services as well. Whether you need a root canal procedure, periodontal treatment, or something else, our highly experienced dental team can help. With more than 45 years of experience serving the dental needs of Houston residents, you can rely on our professional team to provide top-notch dental services and care.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental treatment that can repair a severely infected tooth. When a tooth becomes infected, its tissue needs to be removed before it infects other areas of the mouth or abscesses. The term “root canal” is derived from cleaning the canals inside the tooth’s root. A root canal can help save an infected by removing its root instead of the entire tooth needing to be removed.
Signs You Might Need a Root Canal
While sometimes no symptoms are present, there are usually an array of signs and symptoms that indicate you might need a root canal procedure. These signs and symptoms occur because the tooth’s nerve is damaged, and bacteria has begun to form. These signs and symptoms include:
- Severe tooth pain when chewing
- Swelling and tenderness of the gums
- Swelling and tenderness of the face
- Discoloration of one or more teeth
- Tooth has severe hot or cold sensitivity
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
The Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a common and relatively painless procedure that removes infected or decaying nerve tissue so that the bacteria causing the infection doesn’t spread to other areas of the mouth. A successful root canal treatment will provide patients with a wide range of benefits, including the elimination of pain and discomfort, the prevention of further infection, the removal of bacteria, and the opportunity to allow your natural tooth to remain.
What to Expect During a Root Canal
The general area and the corresponding nerves will be numbed with a local anesthetic during a root canal procedure. From there, we will drill into the tooth. An opening is created in the tooth’s crown so that the pulp chamber can be accessed. Once accessed, we will create a canal and remove the infected nerve tissue, also called the pulp. After the diseased pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals are thoroughly flushed and cleaned. Once cleaned and dried, we will fill the tooth’s interior and fit a crown over it to improve its appearance and protect it from further complications.
What to Expect After a Root Canal
After a root canal, the restored tooth should work like a natural tooth with its crown. With good dental hygiene, the restored tooth should endure through the years. The tooth and its surrounding area may experience some sensitivity for the first few days after the procedure. This sensitivity, as well as any pain, can be relieved with non-prescription pain medications. If pain, pressure, or sensitivity persists for more than a few days, we suggest you schedule a follow-up appointment with our professional team.
How Much Does Root Canal Treatment Cost?
Root canal treatment costs can vary based on whether or not you have insurance and based on where the infected tooth is in the mouth. Without insurance, the average cost of root canal treatment ranges from $700 to $1,800, depending on the location of the infected tooth. With insurance, the average cost of root canal treatment ranges from $200 to $1,500, depending on the location of the infected tooth.
Contact Us Today for Root Canal Treatment
If you’re experiencing any signs or symptoms that are indicative of a tooth infection, you must contact the dental professionals at Mills Dental Group. We provide premier root canal treatment and have decades of experience performing these procedures. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with a dentist at our Houston, TX location, contact us today.