From a welcoming front desk and dental assistants to our caring endodontist, we show that the best customer experience comes from a genuine care and concern. Our goal is to ensure every appointment is comfortable, relieves any discomfort or gives you the smile you've always wanted!
As the child of a dentist in the military, Dr. Paul moved frequently as a child. He went to high school in Mobile, Alabama and attended college at Loyola University of New Orleans.
Upon graduating from Loyola University of New Orleans, Dr. Paul received a Masters in Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
After graduate school, Dr. Paul attended Virginia Commonwealth School of Dentistry. Dr. Paul graduated first in his dental school class which led him to his residency in Endodontics at Virginia Commonwealth School of Dentistry. After his residency in Endodontics, Dr. Paul moved to Houston in 2010 and has called Houston home ever since.
Dr. Paul has been married to his lovely wife Candyce for over 15 years. He has two wonderful girls who keep him busy with soccer and horse back riding. In his spare time, Dr. Paul enjoys running and training for marathons. He appreciates his opportunity to provide dental care to the communities of Houston.
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Retreatment
Apicoectomy (Endodontic Surgery)
The term “root canal” refers to the space inside the root that contains nerves, vessels, and other soft tissue that comprise the dental pulp. The pulp is involved in the growth and development of a tooth and is the reason teeth can feel hot and cold. In a healthy tooth, the dental pulp is protected by a thick layer of dentin and an ultra-hard exterior layer of enamel. When tooth damage or decay compromises those protective layers, the pulp is at risk of injury and infection. Root canal treatment is a sophisticated dental procedure that removes infection, relieves pain and restores the health of your tooth.
When root canal treatment is performed properly, and the tooth is restored with a high-quality crown or filling afterwards, it can last a lifetime. However, these procedures are not always performed optimally the first time around and some root canal procedures need to be redone if the tooth is to be saved.
It is not uncommon to experience tenderness for the first couple of days following root canal treatment, but if you have persistent pain or tenderness, or the tooth just “feels different” from its neighbors, retreatment may be necessary. Ongoing pain can indicate that the tooth is not healing correctly. Under certain circumstances, disease or pain can arise in the treated tooth months or even years following treatment.
Sometimes a tooth with a failing root canal procedure can only be corrected by performing surgery, a procedure known as apicoectomy. This procedure is also referred to as “root-end surgery” or “root-end resection.” During the procedure, the end of the troublesome root is removed, along with inflamed and infected surrounding tissues. The ends of the root canals are then sealed with small fillings and a few sutures are precisely placed.
You may be a candidate for surgical endodontic therapy if:
Endodontists have the best training to deal with teeth that have had traumatic injuries. There are specific protocols that must be followed to the letter to get optimal results. These protocols are continually evolving as new research is published. Proper management is especially important for children and adolescents while the teeth are developing. For kids with badly damaged teeth, the goal is to preserve the teeth at least into their 20s, when good replacement options become available such as implants.
Traumatic injuries can include:
If the pulp tissue dies due to decay, infection or trauma, it stops the healthy, natural process of tooth development. As the roots develop over time, the tooth becomes stronger. The root canal space decreases in size, and the root’s walls thicken. When this process is arrested at a young age, the root remains relatively weak and subject to fracture. Fortunately, we offer procedures at Sugar Land Endodontics to promote further root development and strengthening. These procedures may include direct and indirect pulp capping, partial pulpectomy, pulpal regeneration, or apexification. Some of the procedures we perform prevent the need for root canal treatment.
When the roots are allowed to develop correctly, the odds of preserving natural teeth for a lifetime are dramatically improved. After the teeth are restored, no additional treatments are necessary as long as the treated area heals without complications.