Root Canal Specialist

Paulette Arana, DDS

General Dentist located in Upper Kirby, Houston, TX

Over 15 million root canal procedures are performed annually. It’s the procedure that eliminates pain caused by damaged nerves inside your tooth, and don’t be scared by its outdated reputation. Dr. Paulette Arana offers the men and women living in or around Upper Kirby, Houston the comprehensive root canal care they need to eliminate unwanted pain and restore function to damaged areas. Call or go online to learn more about root canal treatment.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal means two things:

  • The inner part of the tooth that contains soft tissue
  • The treatment used to remove infections and eliminate pain

Inside each one of your teeth are nerves and blood vessels. As you grow into your adult teeth, those nerves’ sole purpose is to sense hot and cold temperatures. Nonetheless, a damaged nerve can have serious consequences.

You run the risk of infection, swelling, and a severe toothache should something happen to the nerves inside your tooth.

Dr. Arana uses root canal treatment to remove damaged pulp — the part in the center of the tooth that contains living tissue and cells — and permanently seal the tooth with a crown and filling material.

A root canal is a standard and safe procedure performed on average 41,000 times a day.

What causes root canal pain?

Three mains factors cause root canal pain:


An infected pulp may cause severe tooth decay and pain. Dr. Arana recommends a root canal to repair the damage before the decay can spread elsewhere.


A chipped or cracked tooth makes your tooth much more susceptible to decay and root canal pain.


Root canal pain might become more pronounced and sharp if the decay has reached the outer layer of the tooth.

When should you consider root canal treatment?

Dr. Arana recommends a root canal procedure to treat:

  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Sharp pain while eating
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Small bumps on the gums
  • Gum swelling and tenderness

What are the advantages of root canal treatment?

In addition to extracting damaged nerves and eliminating potential infections, a root canal can:

  • Fully restore your chewing abilities
  • Strengthen your biting force
  • Protect adjacent teeth from strain and wear
  • Eliminate aesthetic hiccups

What foods should you avoid after root canal treatment?

Dr. Arana recommends that you stay away from the following foods and beverages just after the procedure:

  • Alcohol
  • Hot foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Chewy foods like gum or candy
  • Hard foods like jerky or ice
  • Crunchy foods like apples, celery, and raw carrots

Abstaining from the above ensures that your filling and crown heal properly. The treatment will have much longer-lasting effects if you take these initial steps.

How long do results of root canal treatments last?

Done correctly and with expertise, a root canal treatment can have permanent effects if you maintain a healthy hygiene regimen.

Don’t stomach another toothache. Contact Dr. Arana today via phone or online to learn more about what a root canal can do for you.