Don’t be daunted by the idea of a root canal. Instead, trust that our team at Complete Dental Studio in Boerne can provide you with a safe and comfortable experience, and help you restore your smile and confidence.
A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removing the infected pulp tissue from the inside of a tooth. It is usually done when a tooth has become severely decayed or infected and is a way of saving the tooth from further damage. During a root canal, the dentist will use specialized tools to remove any damaged or infected tissue, clean out the area, and then fill it with a sealant. The process is usually done under local anesthesia and can take one or more visits to complete. The procedure is usually successful in relieving pain and preserving the structure and function of the affected tooth.
Root canals are nothing to be scared of, and we at Complete Dental Studio want to reassure our patients in Boerne, TX that a root canal can be comfortable. Our dentist will numb the area with anesthetic before cleaning and shaping the affected area and sealing it with a special material. Then, a permanent crown-like restoration will be placed over the treated tooth to prevent future infections.
Root canals can typically be completed in one or two visits, and the outcome tends to be excellent. To keep your smile healthy and avoid needing a root canal in the future, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Get pain relief and improved health by contacting our dental office today for a root canal appointment.
How to Know if You Might Need Root Canal Therapy
In some rare instances, a patient might require root canal therapy without experiencing any symptoms at all. But those situations are not common. The majority of people don’t realize they need a root canal until the affected tooth has already developed an infection and abscessed, which can be very painful. Here are some symptoms that might indicate you need root canal therapy:
- A toothache that is very severe and gets worse when you bite down on the tooth
- A tooth that is suddenly sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks
- Gum tissue around a certain tooth that is swollen, tender, and or has a sore
- A tooth that has turned dark
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with the dentist.
What's Involved in Root Canal Therapy
After the patient is numbed, and given dental sedation if needed, the root canal therapy can begin. The procedure involves the dentist removing infected pulp and nerves from the inside of the tooth, then cleaning and sealing off the tooth. In most cases, the dentist may recommend that a crown be placed over the affected tooth to provide additional protection. If the dentist determines that the root canal treatment is complex, then we may refer the patient to an endodontist.