What Is a Root Canal?
Made Ya Smile Dental has a skilled staff of practitioners who seek to treat decay and damage as soon as possible with a simple filling or other types of restorations to preserve your natural smile. When harmful bacteria have spread into the pulp of the tooth, the infection requires a root canal treatment to save it from extraction. Root canal therapy is a procedure that allows us to remove the infected pulp, clean the inner portion of the tooth, and seal it off so the infection does not put your health at risk or cause any further damage. This can relieve any pain you are experiencing, as well as restore the health and function of your teeth.
Our team understands that a root canal may cause concerns for some, especially those who tend to have a fear of the dentist or experience dental anxiety. At our clinic in The Woodlands, TX, we offer sedation options to put you at ease during your procedure and numb the area completely so you don't have to worry about feeling pain or discomfort. If you have a toothache and believe you may benefit from root canal therapy, please contact our practice as soon as possible to learn about the treatment and sedation options.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"Dr. Troy Mannino is the best. He is gentle and is a great conversationalist, witty. Dr. Mannino and his staff are very obliging and they do a great job of communicating billing and procedures. All of the dental assistants are pleasant and make you feel comfortable. I have had extensive work; crowns, root canals, deep cleanings and cosmetic work. I highly recommend this office for dental work."- S.J. / Google / Aug 25, 2018
"It was amazing. They got my 9 year old son in as a new patient the same day. Scheduling was a breeze. The waiting area was set up with chilled waters, coffee, tea, and even iced homemade cookies. After a short wait (we weren't left waiting long) the dentist was able to give some non-invasive tips for solving the problem. I was worried the dentist would suggest a root canal or something major since the pain was coming from a permanent 6 year molar. We were very impressed. They didn't have all the toys and prizes the kids are accustomed to but the practice is excellent with kids, accommodating to the patients different needs, and honest -- which I'd prefer over a trinket at the end!"- L.P. / Google / Jul 25, 2017
"New job + new insurance = new dentist. My coworker has been going to this location for awhile now. Even after a root canal (awful procedure to go through anywhere!) she still recommended Made Ya Smile. Dr. Olsen is who she really wanted to send me to; however, he has recently moved to the Kingwood branch so I was/am being treated by Dr. Bonin. He is really quick to run in and out of your room.. and I kinda wish he would slow down and take another moment with me.. but his no-messing-around attitude does make for quick visits.First Visit:In January, I experienced a very sharp pain in the upper left of my mouth. Called in Friday 8 January to make an appointment. I asked for the earliest available and they able to have me in at 8:15am that following Monday. I was able to give my insurance information over the phone to have it verified before I even show up.Arrived bright and early and began filling out the new patient paperwork. I really like that the waiting area has both a sofa and tables -- instead of being uncomfortable writing in your lap, I was able to sit comfortable at a table to look over each page.Photos and x-rays were taken of the area causing concern. The attendant declared I would be needing a root canal and cap. Dr. Bonin came in and very very very quickly agreed. They offered me an appointment at 2 pm that same day! When I came back in, Dr. Bonin numbed me up with ease and I experience no pain through the procedure. My permanent cap placement was scheduled and the fitting for it was as easy as pie: no pain and they were able to get it right without needing much adjustment.The office took care of the issue I had called in about without bullsh**ing around and I really appreciated it. I made an appointment for a full cleaning, exam, and was able to use the check in offer for the teeth whitening***.Second Visit:Hygienist and attendant were both very friendly and efficient.The hygienist pointed out a crack on one of my teeth :( Dr. Bonin swooped in and very very very quickly agreed and recommended a cap be put on as soon as I could get it scheduled.Third Visit:Called in to schedule work on my cracked tooth and the young woman asked if I wanted to get my filling in the same sitting. I let her know that no one had gone over this treatment with me and so I would not be scheduling it.Once I had the attendant and Dr. Bonin in the room I asked them to cover EVERYTHING they saw in my mouth -- no matter how small! --and they did talk about the filling needed. I was a bit irked ’cause I thought I had asked for all the recommended treated my second visit. Whateves. Thankfully it wasn’t anything too expensive or invasive.Right now I’m rockin’ my temporary cap for the cracked tooth and am scheduled to go back 6 April. I am sure it will go smoothly like my previous visits.*** Check in offer for free whitening got me a do-it-yourself kit with mouth guards. I was instructed very tiny drops of the solution on the guards and the directions say to start with 15 minutes (rather than a full 30 minute session). I haven’t really haven’t seen a noticeable difference in my teeth and am kinda bummed. Will keep going with the treatments, though, and can update if anyone wants.Ps,NONE of the photos posted on here by Made Ya Smile look anything like the Woodlands Branch."- A.C. / Yelp / Mar 16, 2016
"Val and Dr. took good care of me through a root canal. Very caring and professional."- P.R. / Google / Feb 02, 2022
"Dr. Troy Mannino is the best. He is gentle and is a great conversationalist, witty. Dr. Mannino and his staff are very obliging and they do a great job of communicating billing and procedures. All of the dental assistants are pleasant and make you feel comfortable. I have had extensive work; crowns, root canals, deep cleanings and cosmetic work. I highly recommend this office for dental work."- S.J. / Google / Aug 06, 2018
What Are the Signs a Root Canal is Needed?
If you've been wondering do I need a root canal? We'll provide you with the answers you've been looking for. Ideal candidates for root canal therapy may experience decay or an infection that's extended to the center of the tooth, physical injury to the tooth, or a broken or fractured tooth. It's best to treat these conditions as soon as possible to prevent the damage from spreading to other areas of the mouth, which may require more extensive treatment in the future. When an infection spreads, this not only affects your teeth but your general health as well. Made Ya Smile Dental takes a gentle chairside approach to dentistry at our practice in The Woodlands, TX and hopes to make your visit as stress-free as possible with sedation options.
Common symptoms that may indicate the need for root canal therapy include:
- Pain in the teeth or jaw
- Dull or throbbing pain
- Swollen or discolored gums or discoloration of a tooth
- A "pimple-like" area on the gums
To learn more about how long a root canal will take, schedule an appointment with our team at Made Ya Smile in The Woodlands, TX.
What Is the Root Canal Process?
During your dental consultation, Made Ya Smile Dental will review the procedure from beginning to end to understand if you need endodontics for an infected tooth, as well as sedation options if needed. Once you are prepared for the procedure, we will completely numb the area and surrounding tissue to ensure your comfort. Next, we will create an opening to remove the infected parts in the canals of the tooth. Our doctors then add a filling to strengthen and rebuild the internal structure and restore function. After the procedure, we will give you post-op instructions so you can learn how to clean and take care of your tooth during recovery.
Recovery After Root Canal Therapy
If you have chosen oral-conscious sedation to reduce anxiety during your root canal therapy, you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment at Made Ya Smile Dental. Some patients may notice some minor swelling in the area, which can be minimized with nonprescription pain relievers and a cold compress. Our team may also give you a prescription for antibiotics to keep the infection from spreading to other parts of your body. Once you are fully healed, our dentists will recommend placing a more permanent restoration to restore the function and appearance of the tooth, such as a dental crown, since these teeth are more likely to break. We will continue to schedule follow-up appointments and examinations as needed to monitor your progress and assess the area.
Root Canal Therapy FAQ
Is root canal therapy painful?
Before your root canal procedure begins, your tooth will be numbed so that you do not experience any pain. Due to new, innovative techniques in the dental field, a root canal done by our Made Ya Smile team should not cause any more discomfort than a tooth filling.
How long does it take to recover from a root canal treatment?
Your dental surgery team will review your aftercare instructions with you during your consultation. Generally, it only takes a few days to recover from your root canal treatment. If you have any questions about your aftercare, please do not hesitate to consult your dental surgery team.
What are the alternatives to a root canal?
Our team of dentists will always try and preserve your natural tooth first. The only other viable alternative to a root canal is to have the infected tooth extracted. Because a tooth extraction can cause other oral health problems, if you are given the option to save your tooth through a root canal, we strongly recommend opting for a root canal.
Are Root Canals Covered by Insurance?
Depending on your dental insurance plan and coverage options, root canal therapy and sedation options may be covered partially or in full. Made Ya Smile Dental will call your provider before we begin treatment to understand coverage limits and out-of-pocket costs. Our staff is trained to work with you to find the best payment solutions that meet your needs so we offer several easy payment options, including flexible low-interest medical financing.
Modern Endodontic Treatment
Thanks to our state-of-the-art dental techniques and advancements, as well as sedation options, root canal therapy is easier and more comfortable than ever. Made Ya Smile Dental can treat an infected tooth early so you don't need more extensive and costly treatments in the future. Our practitioners are some of the best and most qualified doctors in the field, which means you can rest knowing you are in excellent hands. To learn more about our procedures, such as endodontics for an infected tooth, contact our clinic in The Woodlands, TX.