A tooth may need a root canal treatment for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons include deep decay, deep restorations or fillings that are close to the center of the tooth which causes sensitivity (to hot/cold or sweets), pain, a cracked tooth, trauma/accident, or abscess formation.
When bacteria travel down the channels of the tooth and reach the central pulp area (where the tooth nerve resides), a root canal may be indicated. If a root canal treatment is indicated, but not performed, sometimes there may be pain, bad taste in the mouth, swelling/abscess, tooth loss and eventually bone loss surrounding a tooth.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment is performed by gently removing the damaged nerve from the chamber of the tooth and antibacterial paste and/or solution is placed within the canal of the tooth, followed by a root canal sealer & closure. Usually, a core build-up and dental crown are recommended to restore a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy (especially on a back tooth).
In most cases, the root canal procedure is no more difficult than getting a cavity filling or a crown. We understand that this procedure has a scary reputation, but we provide options to help you remain comfortable and the procedure can be a great way to relieve pain and save a tooth. Contact us for pain relief in San Antonio, TX. Call 210.538.2772 to learn more and schedule your root canal treatment.