Root Canals

Ashley Smile Dental

Winifred O. Dike, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

Root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed in the United States today. At Ashley Smile Dental, Dr. Winifred Dike regularly provides root canals for treating infections that threaten your dental health. She performs this tooth-saving treatment with sedation at the Houston, Texas office, resulting in a simple, comfortable procedure. If you’re suffering from tooth pain or sensitivity, call or schedule an appointment online to find out if you need a root canal.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

The pulp inside your tooth can become infected due to poor oral health, trauma, or an injury. A root canal is a common dental procedure that treats infections inside your tooth.

Root canal treatment involves Dr. Dike accessing the inside of your tooth, removing the infected pulp, and resealing your tooth.

Who needs a root canal?

If you’re suffering from severe tooth pain or heightened tooth sensitivity, it’s possible the pulp inside the root of your tooth has become infected. In many cases, neglecting to undergo a root canal when you’re dealing with infected pulp can lead to the loss of the affected tooth.

Needless to say, if your tooth has become infected, you need a root canal.

How does a root canal work?

Dr. Dike performs root canal treatment with sedation to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.

During a root canal, she uses a small surgical drill to create a hole in the top of your tooth to access the pulp inside. Using small surgical tools, she carefully removes the infected materials and thoroughly cleans out the inner sections of your tooth. Then, using a rubber-like material, she seals up your tooth.

After root canal treatment, Dr. Dike will likely place a dental crown over your treated tooth to provide extra protection. Dental crowns help restore your tooth to optimal health and prevent further damage.

During a follow-up visit soon after your root canal, Dr. Dike examines your tooth to make sure all signs of infection are gone. If you notice problems with your tooth that underwent root canal treatment after your procedure, let Dr. Dike know right away.

Is a root canal painful?

Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments don’t cause pain; it relieves pain. Having an infection inside the root of your tooth can cause immense discomfort.

Root canal treatment addresses the cause of that pain with minimal discomfort. Dr. Dike even uses sedation to make sure your root canal treatment is hassle-free.

If you suspect you need a root canal to treat an infection, call or schedule an appointment online today.