The following factors may signal that you need a root canal treatment:
If you experience any of the above signs, you may need a root canal treatment. However, pulp deterioration can happen without producing any symptoms. That is why we emphasize the benefits of scheduling regular dental checkups and exams. Dr. Madeleine will evaluate every aspect of your oral health and determine whether you require any dental treatment to maintain your healthy smile.
In the past, endodontic therapy required multiple, lengthy appointments. Thankfully, today’s advances in dental technology and root canal techniques translate to easier and much more gentle treatments that typically need only a single dental visit to complete.
Before starting your root canal, we will numb the area using local anesthesia and administer dental sedation, if needed, for your comfort. We make a tiny opening in the tooth’s crown to expose and remove the soft pulp tissue and clean and disinfect the pulp chamber and root canals. We’ll shape the space and fill the root canals with a biocompatible substance known as gutta-percha. The final step is to seal the area to avoid further infection.
After root canal therapy, the tooth structure is brittle and prone to fracture. In most cases, we recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth and restore its function and natural appearance. With regular oral hygiene practices and twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings, your treated tooth can last a lifetime!
Visit Austin Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry to learn more about your treatment options to restore damaged or painful teeth. Dr. Madeleine will evaluate your concerns and determine whether endodontic therapy is right for you. Our pledge to you is that we’ll do everything we can to ensure your time with us is positive and comfortable. Contact our Dripping Springs office to schedule your appointment today!