The Woodlands and Houston, TX Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Guy Lewis performs a root canal when the inside of a tooth has become inflamed or infected with dental decay. This infection can occur as a result of bacteria from food entering inside the cracks of a damaged tooth—where brushing is impossible. Common causes of a cracked tooth include poor dental care that compromises tooth structure, chewing or biting hard foods, or extensive dental procedures that involve cutting or reshaping teeth.
Treating a root involves surgically removing the infected or swollen dental pulp tissue as well as cleansing the tooth area of bacteria. After sterilization, the canal is sealed with a non-soluble filling material, usually a rubber substance called "gutta percha." The sealant used in the procedure is biologically compatible with tooth composition, and if properly administered, a root canal procedure will keep bacteria from causing painful, throbbing dental abscess. Thanks to modern technology and procedures, dreading a root canal at the dentist can be a thing of the past. Our board-certified cosmetic dentists are trained in the latest technologies and materials to help minimize the pain associated with this dental procedure. If you need a root canal, contact us to find out how we can make your visit as pleasant as possible.
Root Canal Reviews
"Just wanted to give a huge thank you and thumbs up ? to Dr. Lewis and the Staff! Very professional and courteous! I have been going there for several years now. I had a root canal there recently and didn't not have any pain or issues. It was amazing! If you are looking for a quality dentist please check them out! I think they are the best! Thank you Dr. Lewis and staff."- K.J. / Facebook / Feb 27, 2017
"Thank you for my great smile! I have very challenging, high maintenance teeth, and have been a patient of Dr. Lewis' since 1996. when I luckily picked his name from the yellow pages because I needed the first of several root canals. Through the years, I have lived in several other states and tried other local dentists but always ended up traveling to see Dr. Lewis, sometimes for routine care, sometimes to repair improperly done dental work by another practitioner. I now ma...ke the trip regularly from Oklahoma and it is well worth it! The quality of care is outstanding, the attention to detail is second to none, and Dr. Lewis and his staff have always provided the best service and dental care imaginable. Having the confidence to smile changed my life for the better! The only thing wrong is that Dr. Lewis is a Sooner fan and I'm a Texas Longhorn. ;)"- B.M. / Facebook / Mar 22, 2017
"Dr. Guy Lewis and his staff are absolutely the best!! Over the past 13 years I have had an entire mouth reconstruction - including numerous root canals, 2 bone grafts, dental implants, top and bottom veneers. Throughout the entire process I have been treated with nothing but care, kindness and absolute professionalism. From the moment you walk into their office and are greeted by Penny's sweet smile at the front desk, you are made to feel comfortable and genuinely cared for by their entire staff. Not once throughout my many procedures have I ever felt nervous or had to endure pain and discomfort of any kind. The office is nestled among many trees and the large windows in each procedure room provide such a relaxing environment that I have often been close to falling asleep before the procedure even begins - truly! Dr. Lewis has not only given me the best possible care while in his office, but has many times called me at home to follow up and make sure that I was feeling well afterwards. They are truly the most personable medical professionals that I have ever encountered and I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND them to anyone! After 13 years, they are like family to me and I wouldn't even consider seeing anyone else. I honestly love my beautiful smile now!!!"- K.M. / Yelp / Apr 24, 2017
"Great Dentist - Dr. Kaiser performed a very difficult root canal on me and made me feel very comfortable and at ease. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and keeps his patients informed of every step he takes. I highly recommend Dr. Kaiser."- Anonymous / Vitals / Aug 22, 2017
"I have been seeing Dr. Lewis and his staff since I was a teenager for my dental needs so I have grown up with this practice and have come to expect a level of excellence that frankly, other offices are unable to compete with. As a struggling college student, I was tempted a few times to find a cheaper, or closer, alternative and I all that I gained were experiences that gave me more anxiety than I had bargained for. Dr. Lewis and his staff are simply THE BEST. I’ve long given up shopping around; I can not put a price on the peace of mind, care and quality of service that I receive each time I step into this practice. Recently, due to a problematic tooth that I put off dealing with (I’m a teacher and a mom so that should explain that) and a flare up of TMJ, I cracked a tooth and part of it broke off two workdays before the Christmas holiday break. Dr. Fisher, who I have been seeing for the last 4 or 5 years, graciously made room in his schedule for me to come in the next day and was prepared to complete a root canal and prep the tooth for a crown. I realize this review is long but if you’re like me, the idea of electric tools in tour mouth causes a significant amount of stress and anxiety. When I read reviews, I want ALL the details!!! I tend to become anxious because I metabolize anesthesia quickly; I am always a nervous wreck before a significant procedure. Ashlee quickly put me at ease and despite over 3 hours in the dental chair, I had quite a lovely time with Ashlee. Actually, it was the most fun I had ever had during an almost-root canal!! Ashlee and Dr. Fisher were kind and comforting, professional and confident. They worked quickly and efficiently while I watched Sports Center above them. They checked on me constantly: providing updates, information, and cocoa butter for my lips. Is it possible to feel pampered at the dentist? Absolutely. If you don’t feel this level of comfort and confidence in your dentist, or can’t imagine feeling this way about any dentist, I strongly encourage you to check out Dr. Lewis and Dr. Fisher. They, along with their incredible staff, are the gold standard in dentistry."- L.E. / Google / Dec 18, 2017
Should your dentist suspect that you are a candidate for a root canal, the diagnosis will be confirmed with an X-ray, which will show where the decay is located. If it is affecting the tooth pulp, a root canal is necessary. Root canal therapy is an invasive oral surgery that will require you to be given a local anesthetic. During the root canal procedure, the infected area of the tooth (decayed dental pulp) is removed and the treatment area is disinfected and cleaned. Using gutta-percha, a rubber-like resin material, the tooth is filled to add strength and protection. During this procedure, a dental crown may be added over the tooth to protect the treatment area. This procedure typically takes 1 – 2 hours and will restore your healthy, beautiful smile.
Root Canal FAQs
Benefits of a Root Canal?
Patients who receive a root canal will save their tooth from further decay as well as maintain their beautiful smile. The major benefit of a root canal is the ability to treat the tooth without needing an extraction or dental implant. Root canals are able to treat the interior depths of the tooth without causing further harm or damage.
Does It Hurt?
Contrary to popular belief, root canals only cause minor discomfort and most patients have the same amount of pain as a standard cavity filling. Root canals alleviate the pain caused by the infected pulp and restore the patient’s healthy smile.
Do I Need It?
Patients who have excessive tooth pain may consult with their dentist to see if they are a candidate for root canal therapy. After an examination and X-ray of the teeth, your dentist will be able to discuss treatment options with you.
Plan Your Service
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- 1 - 2 Hours
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Get to the Root of Your Pain
Through root canal therapy, we can help patients eliminate pain and discomfort, while maintaining their natural teeth and radiant smile. For patients considering a root canal, schedule an appointment at our Houston or The Woodlands, TX office for a consultation.