If you get hit in the mouth or develop a deep cavity, root canal therapy can stop the pain, prevent the infection from spreading, and preserve your natural tooth. At My Dentist, general dentist Christine Hervas, DDS, regularly uses root canals to preserve damaged or decaying teeth and prevent the need for extractions. To make an appointment, call the practice in Austin, Texas, or click the online booking feature today.
A root canal is an outpatient procedure that preserves your natural tooth. During a root canal, Dr. Hervas removes the pulp from the center of your tooth.
Pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. It provides sensations to your teeth but isn’t necessary for their survival. By removing damaged or infected pulp, Dr. Hervas can prevent the need for an extraction and preserve your natural smile.
At My Dentist, Dr. Hervas uses root canals to remove damaged or infected tooth pulp. Damage or infection can occur for various reasons, including:
If you experience swollen gums, a persistent toothache, or a sensation of heat in your gums, contact Dr. Hervas right away.
Before performing a root canal, Dr. Hervas conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays to assess your tooth. If she determines your pulp is infected or damaged, Dr. Hervas moves forward with treatment.
First, she numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and carefully removes the pulp from the center of your tooth. Dr. Hervas cleans your tooth out with an antiseptic solution and fills it with a rubbery material called gutta-percha.
When the gutta-percha dries, Dr. Hervas takes digital impressions of your tooth and sends them to a facility that designs and manufactures a custom dental crown.
When the dental facility finishes your permanent crown, you return to My Dentist. Dr. Hervas numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, bonds the crown on top of your tooth, and provides care instructions.
After a root canal, it’s normal to experience mild swelling and increased sensitivity once the anesthesia wears off. If your symptoms interfere with your ability to bite or chew, take over-the-counter pain medicine or apply an ice pack to your cheek.
Eat only soft foods like scrambled eggs and soup for a day or two and get plenty of rest. You can return to work and other routine activities the day after the procedure.
To learn more about the benefits of root canals, make an appointment at My Dentist by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.