Root Canal Treatment

Root canals may seem scary, but comfort is Dr. Appel's number one priority. Root canal therapy today is a very different experience than it used to be. Dr. Appel has implemented some of the latest technology to make the root canal process fast and comfortable.

A cross section of a tooth | humble tx root canals Root Canal Technology at Its Finest

We utilize rotary nickel-titanium instruments to safely and efficiently complete root canals. Dr. Appel also utilizes high-magnification glasses (6.0x loupes). 

We have cutting-edge bioceramic sealers that we use to help promote healing of the teeth and prevent any reinfection. Apex (root tip) locators also help us measure the length of the teeth to more accurately complete each case, resulting in higher success rates and improved longevity.

Why Root Canals Are Necessary

Any area of the body can develop an infection, including inside the teeth. When this occurs, inflammation causes pain and sensitivity to temperature, which is often the first sign of trouble. Other symptoms include tooth discoloration and a small hole in the gums that drains the infection.

If you are noticing any of these signs, we encourage you to contact our Humble, TX dental office. Fast treatment is important when it comes to saving your tooth, and acting immediately gives us the opportunity to relieve your pain and restore your health.

How Root Canal Treatment Works

a woman holds her hand to her jaw | root canals humble tx A root canal simply cleans the infection out of your tooth to promote healing.

Dr. Appel will always ensure your comfort from start to finish. Today’s root canals minimize discomfort and can prolong the life of your tooth by years – even decades.

After numbing your tooth, Dr. Appel will make a small access point in the tooth and then, using state-of-the-art rotary instruments, clear out the infection, damaged nerve, and diseased tissue. He will finish by placing medication inside the canal to promote healing and seal the tooth.

Your symptoms will improve each day until you feel like yourself again. It is common to feel sensitivity for a few days as the inflammation gradually disappears.

How to Care for a Root Canal Tooth

You should treat your tooth gently for a week or so to improve your comfort and protect it until we can place a final restoration to protect it. In most cases, Dr. Appel will place a dental crown on your root canal tooth to protect and stabilize the tooth and to absorb the force from chewing.

Other Options Available

If you choose not to have a root canal and crown, we can remove the tooth and plan for a tooth-replacement option such as a dental implant, a dental bridge, or a partial denture. Dr. Appel will discuss all of your options so that you can make an informed choice for your health and your smile.

Do You Have Tooth Pain?

The best way to get the answers you need is to contact Humble Dentistry and arrange an appointment with Dr. Robert Appel. We will help you feel comfortable and get healthy again.