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Houston dentist Dr. John Krell

Root Canal Therapy in River Oaks

GENTLE TREATMENT FOR INFECTED TEETH

Root canals have gotten, to put it mildly, a very bad reputation over the years as a procedure dentists only use to torture their patients. Fortunately for you, that couldn’t be further from the truth! Root canals are actually one of the best tools Dr. John Krell has to relieve severe dental pain and save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. We typically used them to treat teeth that have suffered damage to their inner nerve, and thanks to modern dentistry and sedation techniques, it’s now a painless procedure.


Why Would I Need a Root Canal?

Woman holding jaw in painMost of the time, a cavity is limited to just your outer enamel, and we can typically fix that with just a filling. However, if it is left alone for a long time, it can easily reach the innermost chamber of your tooth where the sensitive nerve resides. This part of the tooth can also become damaged due to a traumatic injury. In either case, at this point, a patient will often be in severe pain.

Here are some signs that you might need a root canal:


How a Root Canal Works

Hand pointing to dental x-rays on computer screenIf we decide that a root canal is the best treatment for you, it will involve 4 basic steps: