How a Root Canal Can Preserve Your Tooth

Losing one or more teeth is never ideal. It can impact your smile, your ability to chew properly, and your self-confidence. Most people can ignore some tooth pain, or they may take an over-the-counter painkiller for relief. But if your tooth pain is severe, you should call Dr. Lance Jue, who leads our team here in Sugar Land, Texas, at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe

With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Jue is adept at determining the root cause of dental pain, and performing the necessary procedures to give you the relief you deserve. Our goal is to care for every tooth, and make sure that your teeth stay with you. If you have a painful issue with one of your teeth, Dr. Jue can tell you whether you need a root canal

Why would I need a root canal? 

A root canal, short for root canal treatment, removes damaged tooth pulp before it creates permanent damage to your tooth. The procedure is designed to preserve your tooth. Sometimes, root canals can’t be helped: If you’ve suffered an injury to your tooth, you need immediate dental attention, and our staff understands that this can be a little scary. With Dr. Jue on your side, you’ll have all of the answers you need, as well as the best quality treatment. Tooth decay is another cause of damage to tooth pulp, and it’s worth reiterating the importance of daily use of a soft toothbrush and dental floss. 

What happens during a root canal?

When you come in for your appointment at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe, our friendly staff sets you up in the dentist’s chair. To determine if a root canal is the best way to ensure you keep your tooth, Dr. Jue discusses your symptoms with you, examines your teeth, and takes an X-ray.

If a root canal is called for, Dr. Jue gives you local anesthesia that numbs your mouth. He then drills a hole in your tooth, removes the infected pulp, and places a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it. Barring any complications, or discovery of a deeper problem, you should be finished within two hours. When you’re finished, you can get back to work, school, or most anything that you would normally do. It’s up to you whether to call for a ride. 

After your root canal

After 1-2 weeks, we welcome you back to have your tooth filled with gutta-percha and your permanent crown placed. With your new, restored smile, you’re ready to take on the world — not to mention crunchy foods.

If you’ve noticed that your painful tooth has gotten darker, or has made your gums swollen and tender, call us or use our online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.

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