Root Canal: Symptoms & Procedure

Root Canal: Symptoms & Procedure


July 28, 2021

Root canal treatment is an effective dental procedure that is used to repair and save a badly decayed tooth. If your tooth is badly damaged or infected and you fear losing it, you must see a root canal specialist in San Antonio as soon as possible. In this post, we will go through the symptoms that indicate you need a root canal treatment as well as the procedure.

Signs you need a root canal treatment

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold food & fluids
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Decay
  • Swollen gums
  • Sharp and excruciating pain

The root canal treatment is fairly simple and painless. The nerve and pulp of your tooth are removed and the area inside is cleaned. When left untreated the tissue around your tooth will get infected and start developing an abscess.

Root Canal Treatment Procedure

To determine whether or not you need a root canal, you must visit a professional endodontist in San Antonio. The procedure starts with taking x-ray images of your tooth and the surrounding area. The endodontist will use local anesthesia to numb your tooth and the surrounding area. Now, the endodontist will drill access into the tooth and once the pulp, decayed nerve, and bacteria are removed, the whole area is cleaned using files. After cleaning the area your tooth is sealed. Depending upon your dental condition, your endodontist might choose to wait for a week to seal the tooth. In case there is an infection, your dentist in San Antonio TX will place some medication inside the tooth. And after the access hole is closed using a filling, your tooth may need a crown, crown post, or any other suitable restoration method to protect it from breaking.

Hope you found the post useful. For more information regarding root canal treatment, feel free to get in touch with our root canal specialist in San Antonio.