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San Antonio Root Canal Therapy

Man holding cheek in painWhen it comes to dreaded dental treatments, root canals may be the most feared. While hearing you need a root canal sounds frightening, the good news is that this treatment can actually relieve toothache and dental sensitivity. Best of all, root canal therapy allows our team to save a tooth we may otherwise need to extract. At Legacy Dental SA, we offer patients a wide range of restorative dentistry services to repair dental damage and renew, healthy functional smiles. If you’ve experienced dental damage or decay or you’re suffering from a severe toothache, call our San Antonio dentistry team to schedule an appointment with us today. We look forward to partnering with you to renew oral health and keep your smile whole and healthy.

What is a Root Canal?

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Root canal therapy is a restorative dentistry procedure where damaged, decayed, or infected tissue is extracted from the inside of the tooth. The very inner layer of each tooth is a soft substance referred to as pulp. The nerve system is housed within the pulp, so when dental decay or damage accesses this part of the tooth, the result is serious pain and dental sensitivity.

What are the Warning Signs that I May Need a Root Canal?

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We treat many patients in need of root canal therapy as emergencies, so it’s important for people to know what warning signs to look for. Some of the common signals that you need a root canal include:

  • Severe toothache that causes sharp pain or dull throbbing ache
  • Sensitivity to changes in temperature that lingers for several seconds
  • Darkening of the tooth, especially near the gum line
  • Swelling, infection, or sores in the soft tissue around an individual tooth

How are Root Canals Performed?

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Root canals begin with our team numbing the area around your damaged tooth to ensure your complete comfort throughout the procedure. Then, a small access hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the pulp. Specialized tools are used to extract pulp and nerve tissue and completely debride the inside of the tooth. At this point, we may recommend the application of topical antibiotic ointment to ensure complete success and removal of all infected tissue. Once the tooth is free of all decay and infection, we refill it with a biocompatible substance. The access hole is resealed. Finally, a dental crown is placed to protect and strengthen the treated tooth.

What Happens After Root Canal Therapy?

Following your treatment visit, you will likely notice immediately diminished toothache pain and sensitivity. For the first few days after treatment, you may also experience some mild swelling or tenderness in the soft tissue around your tooth. Once your final dental crown is in place, you should be able to go back to your regular daily routine eating all of your favorite foods, brushing teeth, and flossing as usual. If you notice increased pain or return of temperature sensitivity after your root canal, let our team know immediately. In some cases, we’re still able to save the tooth with further treatments.