Root Canal Therapy for San Antonio Families
At Laith Family Dentistry, Dr. Kadamani and her staff strive to help patients retain happy and healthy smiles with their natural teeth. With this in mind, Dr. Kadamani may suggest root canal therapy. Now we know what you’re thinking—root canal. However, the truth is that with modern dental techniques and anesthesia, a root canal is no worse and no more time-consuming than repairing a cavity.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy, often referred to as simply a root canal or in more technical jargon as endodontic therapy, is necessary when the soft pulp tissue at the center of a tooth is damaged. This pulp is comprised of nerve and lymph tissue as well as blood vessels. Damage can happen because of severe tooth decay, a deep crack, trauma to the tooth or the failure of a filling or another type of tooth restoration.
Tooth Infection Symptoms
Regardless of how it happens, a damaged pulp chamber will eventually lead to an infection. This infection can extend through the root tip and begin to affect the surrounding bone, resulting in an abscess. (Left untreated, an abscess can actually be life-threatening.) At this point, the only two treatment options are either a root canal or a tooth extraction. And a root canal is the choice that helps you avoid having a tooth extracted and all of the consequences a missing tooth entails.
Symptoms of a tooth infection may include:
- Moderate to severe pain
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Redness and swelling of gum tissue around the tooth
- Pain when you bite or apply pressure
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- A tooth that suddenly becomes discolored
Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms and a person may be unaware of any problem until a checkup.
What to Expect from Your Root Canal Procedure
Before beginning a root canal procedure, Dr. Kadamani always makes sure that a patient is completely comfortable. Understanding that a root canal can make some people nervous, our office has sedation dentistry to help you relax. We offer sedation with nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. A mask is positioned over your nose and as you inhale the mixture of gas and oxygen, you’ll feel your body relax and your anxiety will melt away.
Once you’re ready, Dr. Kadamani will access the pulp chamber, clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of your tooth. Then, once the infection is cleared, the canals are filled with a biocompatible material to prevent any further infection. More than likely, Dr. Kadamani will want to place a crown over your tooth to protect and restore it. Your tooth will be prepared for a permanent crown, and in the meantime we’ll cover your tooth with a temporary.
Schedule a Root Canal Therapy Consultation
If you are you experiencing any of the above symptoms, then call Laith Family Dentistry and ask about root canal therapy. We’ll be glad to answer your questions and schedule a consultation, so we can assess your smile and talk to you about your treatment options.