Thanks to modern technology, root canal therapy has become quite comfortable, primarily when performed by our caring dentists in our San Antonio dental office.
Root canal therapy is a standard restorative dentistry procedure used to treat decay and injury to the innermost layer of teeth. Root canal therapy could be the solution if you're experiencing a severe toothache or sensitivity.
If you wait for too long before getting a root canal, saving your tooth may not be possible. Your tooth may need to be replaced with a bridge, partial denture, or an implant.
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An infection can cause a toothache at the root of a tooth. Root canal therapy will eliminate this pain by removing the infected pulp and sealing off the tooth.
Without root canal therapy, the best alternative is to extract the infected tooth. A root canal allows you to save your natural tooth, restoring its strength and preventing further damage due to infection.
After the diseased pulp is removed from the tooth and sealed off from bacteria, your risk for further infections is significantly reduced.
Saving your natural teeth means better oral health in the long run and improved cosmetic results for your smile!
Your first step will be to meet with your dentist. You will discuss your dental history and the state of your teeth with Dr. Jamie Knox or Dr. Lisa Ding. During this time, they will also assess the tooth in question and decide if a root canal is necessary.
Once it's determined that a root canal is necessary, your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area before making a tiny access hole in the affected tooth so that they can remove any decay and get access to the infected nerve.
Using tiny, specialized tools, your dentist will remove any bacteria or decayed material from the inside of the affected tooth and each root canal. Then they will rinse and disinfect the area to remove all decayed material.
Your San Antonio dentist will fill and seal your tooth before placing either a temporary or permanent crown over it for additional protection against future decay or infections. Depending on your situation, you may require multiple appointments for your root canal procedure.
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No. You won't feel any pain since you will be sedated. Dr. Knox & Dr. Ding will ensure your comfort with numbing agents before commencing any work on your tooth and will explain each step so that you feel 100% confident in your dental care plan.
Pain, swelling, and sensitivity are tell-tale signs that you require a root canal. You may also notice discoloration of the tooth, experience gum tenderness, difficulty sleeping, and fever. If these symptoms are familiar to you, it's time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Knox or Dr. Ding!