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No one, in or out of the dentist chair wants to hear the words “root canal.” Those words conjure up visions of long hours in at the dentist office and pain. But root canals have gotten a bad rap over the years. After all, root canals are used to save teeth that in the past would have needed to be extracted because of an infection.

At the center of your tooth is your pulp.  The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels that nourish your tooth and keep it alive. If that pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed. But the good news is that the structure of your tooth can survive without the pulp.

To perform a root canal, our dentist, Dr. James Johnson will access the interior of your tooth, and removed the diseased pulp. Then the dentist will clean and seal the inside of your tooth and replace the pulp with a medicated material. Then, the dentist will seal your tooth and may schedule you for a follow-up visit to check your progress and perhaps talk about restoring the tooth with a crown. You should follow the dentist’s instructions for pain management, and take your antibiotics as directed. If you start to feel dizzy or nauseous, or experience pain, swelling or a fever, contact the dentist right away.

If you need a root canal in Houston, Texas, don’t delay in scheduling a visit to James A. Johnson, DDS. Call phone today to plan your appointment.