Hearing the dentist recommend a root canal can make just about anyone nervous. But there really should be no cause for alarm. At Crabtree Dental in Katy, root canals are performed with the patient’s comfort uppermost in mind.
First of all, we’d like to dispel a myth. Root canals are not much different than having a cavity filled. The procedure is done to save an infected tooth, and that tooth is usually giving the patient a whole lot of pain. The root canal relieves pain, rather than causes any.
A root canal treats the inside of the tooth. The technical term is endodontic therapy. After an access hole is drilled in the surface of the infected tooth, the damaged interior is removed. The remaining tooth is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed. A crown is placed over the whole thing to protect it, and provide a natural-looking appearance.
No one likes going to the dentist to begin with, and root canals have a bad reputation. We offer IV sedation to those who need it. Our team is thoroughly trained in administering intravenous sedation.