Root Canal Therapy


Root canal therapy is the removal of the inflamed or infected pulp tissue caused by deep decay, a crack in the tooth, traumatic injury or when the tooth has undergone multiple procedures (stressed pulp). If pulp (nerve) inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess formation.

A professional endodontist, like Dr. Sarmiento can remove the affected pulp carefully by cleaning, disinfecting and shaping the inside of the root canal system, then fills and seals the space with a biocompatible material.

Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed. During this procedure, the nerve or pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned & shaped, sealed and filled with special( medicated, biocompatible dental materials). Nerve absence will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth, but in order to save it, the living tissue inside it, nerves, bacteria and any decay should be removed.

Having a root canal done is the right treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed eventually. Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime.

But if the treatment is not performed, bacteria accumulates inside the root canal space and at the root tip causing the pulp’s infection to spread to the surrounding bone.


Symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or gumboil) on the gums
  • Complicated canal anatomy went undetected in the first procedure.
  • The placement of the crown or other restoration was delayed following the endodontic treatment.
  • The restoration did not prevent salivary contamination to the inside of the tooth.
  • New decay can expose the root canal filling material to bacteria, causing a new infection.
  • A loose, cracked or broken crown or filling can expose the tooth to new infection.
  • Tooth fracture.
  • A new problem (jeopardizing a successfully treated tooth).

What does this treatment involve?

Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned and the doctor will place a permanent filling over the tooth. This procedure has a high rate of success, but it requires one or more appointments and can be performed by an endodontist.

What happens after a Root Canal Treatment?

After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will reduce as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed. You’ll be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.

How much will Root Canal Treatment cost?

Depending on the severity of damage to the affected tooth. In general, endodontic treatment is much less expensive than tooth removal and replacement with an artificial tooth.

If you live near Cypress, Tx., contact Dr. Sarmiento, he will inform you on what you need to know after a first examination. Stop living in pain! Your problem can be solved in the most professional and careful way. Make an appointment as soon as possible!

Sarmiento Microendodontics
13050 Louetta Road, Suite 216
Cypress, TX 77429
Phone: 346-701-5358
Fax: 832-698-2320
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