Root Canal Therapy


in Alvin, TX!


Root canals are rarely a favorite dental treatment among patients. At Magnolia Family Dental, we do our best to make restorative dental treatments like root canals as painless and enjoyable as possible. Whether you believe you may need a root canal or you know for sure you need one, our team would be happy to assist. Contact our office today!

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When is a root canal necessary?

Root canals can become necessary when an infection occurs inside a tooth. This can happen when harmful bacteria are able to make their way inside a tooth, either through a decayed area or through a crack in a tooth. When this happens, the least invasive restorative option is to remove the infected dental tissue, clean and seal the inside of the tooth, and place a dental crown over the tooth to support it and protect it from further damage. The only alternative is to remove and replace the tooth, which we try to avoid whenever possible.

How will I know if I need a root canal treatment?

Determining the right restorative treatment option for your smile is difficult to do without an assessment from a dental professional. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please schedule a visit with our team at your earliest convenience. Visiting our office at least twice per year for routine dental exams can also help our team diagnose issues earlier when there are few to no symptoms.

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Bump or bumps on gums
  • Chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Change in gum color

Are root canals painful?

Before a root canal treatment is performed on a tooth, our team will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the area around it for a more comfortable experience. You may feel some pressure on your tooth as it’s being worked on, but it should not be a very uncomfortable or painful process. Once the numbness begins to wear off post-treatment, you may find it beneficial to take over-the-counter pain medication for a day or two. Our practice also offers nitrous oxide sedation, which can make treatments like root canals more comfortable.

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