About Root Canal Therapy
"Having a root canal" has a bad rap. It doesn't cause pain - it actually makes the agony you're experiencing go away! In fact, as soon as you are anesthetized the painful agony of an infected nerve is gone - so the longer you wait, fearing a root canal, the more unnecessary pain you will experience. At Houston Heights Dentistry, Dr. Neela Patel performs root canal therapy when the nerve in the tooth becomes infected and begins to die, causing pain to the patient. If the infected area is not removed, it may spread, eat through the surrounding bone, and affect other teeth, even entering the bloodstream and traveling to other parts of the body. During root canal therapy, the infected nerve in the tooth is removed, allowing the tooth to be saved, and then filled with an inert material that is injected into the now empty and cleaned nerve canal in the tooth. A crown is then created and placed over the tooth. This procedure is important in order to preserve good oral and physical health.
"Dr. Neela Patel and staff are wonderful. I've been going here for 20 years and even though it is out of the way from my work and home it's worth the drive."- D.A. / Google / Sep 18, 2018
"A PLEASANT VISITI visited Dr. Neela Patel's office for the first time Nov 2019 for the military veteran's smile event. I was able to fill my paperwork out ahead of time with the help of the excellent receptionist to save time during the initial visit. As I entered the office I noticed the lobby was modern, warm & welcoming. Quickly, my initial evaluation was conducted with 3D panoramic high tech equipment and a friendly technician. After the evaluation, I was escorted back to the lobby and offered light refreshments as I enjoyed the joyful music. As I enjoyed my snacks , I noticed another patient that was obviously suffering from some anxiety due to a dental visit. I witnessed the receptionist come from behind the desk to comfort the patient both verbally and physically. As I observed tears subside , pacing reduce and peace fill the room , I was nothing short of impressed with how the office staff when above and beyond to comfort patients. I met Dr. Patel during my procedure and her bubbly personality was delightful ! Another technician finished the job and answered all of my question regarding preventive maintenance and dental care. As I was leaving , I was given a "to go" bag with recommended products to continue my dental health journey. I was reminded that my teeth will be the last identifiable part of my body and how long they last is a direct reflection of my involvement of care. Although it was only my first visit, it felt as if I was visiting a friend to do homework at their home. THANK YOU Dr. Patel and the wonderful support staff! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS OFFICE TO ALL SEEKING DENTAL CARE :)"- S.M. / SmileReminder / Dec 21, 2019
"I went in for a teeth cleaning as a new patient and they were extremely thorough and gentle! They were able to see a few minor problems that need fixing and have been nothing shy of friendly. They answer any questions you may have!!"- K.J. / Google / Dec 06, 2019
"I was very impressed with Dr Patel and her staff - to a person they are wonderfully efficient and gracious. Her work is outstanding, my bite has always been complicated but she shaped my new fillings expertly and they have been totally comfortable. I also have TMJ problems and a small mouth and typically experience discomfort after dental work. She and her assistant managed things quite well and I had zero soreness afterward. She also used 'anti-numbing' at the end to speed up the process of normalization which cut the time in half, so I was presentable and could resume work more quickly."- M.R. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
"I can't say enough good things about Dr. Patel and her staff. due to personal neglect, I have some serious dental issues and I am self-conscious about it; so it is hard for me to go into the dentist office. Dr. Patel is amazing and her staff does a wonderful job treating me in a way that minimizes pain/discomfort. I give Dr. Patel's office 5 stars only because I am not able to give her anything more than that. If you are looking for a dentist, especially if you have dental office related anxiety like me, I highly recommend Dr. Patel's office."- D.M. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
What to Expect
A root canal is performed with local anesthesia to numb the tooth — sedation may be used if needed. Dr. Patel will remove the nerve from the infected tooth, then she will place a crown after injecting a filling material. Some patients are at a higher risk of developing an infection (usually patients with heart problems like congenital defects and artificial heart valves), so antibiotics may be prescribed before and after the root canal treatment.
If only local sedation is used, you will be able to drive and recover at home, but some sedation options may require you to have a responsible adult pick you up. Patients will have temporary numbness and some may have minor discomfort that can usually be treated with an over-the-counter pain medicine. If a temporary crown was placed over the tooth, the permanent crown will be placed and fitted at a separate appointment. After a root canal, oral care including brushing and flossing at home plus visits to our office as recommended are important to maintain the health of the treated tooth.
A root canal procedure is usually covered in part by dental insurance, but it may not cover additional expenses for emergency care. Our office accepts many forms of payment and we can help patients with financing plans, if needed.
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Saving Your Tooth
To relieve your pain and prevent more serious health problems, don't delay talking to us or visiting Houston Heights Dentistry regarding a root canal. With modern dental equipment and techniques as well as sedation options, saving an infected tooth and getting you out of severe pain doesn't have to be painful or time consuming.