Yes, dentistry can improve the look and appearance of your smile, but it’s just as important to maintain the health and function of your teeth as well. At his personal advanced general dentistry practice in Houston, Texas, Kerry M. Bloom, DDS, diagnoses problems in the interior part of the teeth and treats them with root canals and other procedures to save your natural teeth. If you are experiencing dental pain or have been told you need an extraction, call the office or schedule an appointment online for a second opinion.
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on diseases of the soft tissue inside the tooth. Dr. Bloom received advanced training in endodontics, and he offers those suffering from tooth injury, pain, swelling, or sensitivity state-of-the-art treatments and procedures to save the natural tooth.
A root canal is the most common endodontics procedure Dr. Bloom performs. Because pain caused by a diseased or damaged tooth is often felt in the ear, neck, or head, it can be difficult to diagnose. Dr. Bloom specializes in diagnosing this type of pain.
Inside every tooth is soft tissue called pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels that extend from the root of the tooth all the way up to the crown. Bacteria can enter the tooth pulp through cracks or cavities. An overgrowth of bacteria causes an infection that, if left untreated, can progress to the point that the tooth cannot be saved.
Dr. Bloom performs a root canal to clean out the infection, repair the tooth, and prevent the need for extraction and replacement with a bridge, denture, or implant.
Dr. Bloom begins your root canal by numbing the area with a local anesthetic. He then applies a dental dam to keep the tooth clean and dry. Next, he makes a tiny opening in the top or crown of the tooth to access the pulp inside.
He removes the infected pulp and cleans and dries the pulp chamber and root canals before filing them with a compound to solidify the tooth structure. Finally, Dr. Bloom restores the tooth with a natural-looking artificial replacement. In some cases, root canals are completed over multiple appointments. Dr. Bloom explains your treatment plan during your initial consultation.
Dr. Bloom and his staff always ensure you are pain-free and comfortable during your root canal. He offers safe medications to numb the treatment area and prevent pain after treatment as the pulp inflammation or infection heals.
Don’t be afraid to get a root canal. Today’s procedures are fast and painless. For much-needed relief from lingering pain and sensitivity, call or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bloom today.