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Houston TX General DentistThe permanent teeth are meant to be permanent fixtures within your mouth. If something happens and you lose a permanent tooth, it will not replace itself naturally. Each tooth is an individual, living feature of the human body that requires proper care for it to remain healthy. The teeth are made up of an inner layer containing the living tissues, nerve endings, and roots, and an outer layer called enamel. While enamel is the hardest substance within the human body, it is not indestructible. Cavities, decay, infection, and trauma can all lead to serious damage and the loss of teeth. Teeth that are damaged require intervention, often in the form of a procedure known as a root canal.

Root canals often bring forth feelings of anxiety in people, yet they need not to. Despite the popular misconception that people have, root canals are not painful. Infected, damaged teeth are painful. Root canals are done to alleviate pain associated with a compromised tooth and to restore it to complete health. It is important to understand that the teeth do not heal themselves once they have been damaged. Therefore, if a damaged tooth is allowed to fester inside the mouth, it will only lead to severe, unbearable pain and damage that is too great for the tooth to be saved.

Root canals are common dental procedures done across the United States every day. This procedure is done under local anesthesia so that patients feel no pain or discomfort. Dr. Hoop is very compassionate to patients who have dental fears and anxieties, and he will go above and beyond to ensure that patients are comfortable during any dental treatment. Once a patient is comfortable in our office, the procedure follows four simple steps:

  1. The tooth is opened, typically from the top of the tooth.
  2. The inside of the tooth is cleaned out, including all infection and decay.
  3. Antibiotics are administered to prevent the spreading of infection.
  4. The tooth is sealed and a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it from future damage.

At Hoop Dental, your oral health and your comfort is our top priority. Any type of dental pain needs immediate treatment to prevent severe consequences and to protect the health of the entire mouth. Please do not put off making a call to our practice.

Posted on Behalf of C.R. Hoopingarner, DDS

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