Root-Canal-san-antonio-txA much maligned dental procedure; root canals can actually be your smile’s best friend. Comfortable, safe, and conservative, modern root canal therapy can save an internally damaged tooth from extraction now and save you time, money, and discomfort down the road. Root canal therapy is a procedure where a tooth’s root canals are cleaned out to prevent infection, to save the tooth, and prevent the possibility of an abscess. Dr. Huriega utilizes advanced techniques and modern sedation and anesthesia to make root canal therapy comfortable and successful.

When is a Root Canal Necessary?

Root canals are typically performed when the tooth is severely damaged or is suffering from severe infection. In these cases, the tooth is so damaged that it cannot function without the root canal treatment, or the discomfort from the injury or infection has become severe enough that you are unable to use the tooth comfortably. Having a root canal treatment can enable you to keep your tooth, but eliminate the discomfort. A tooth fracture, deep cavity, or other trauma can cause the canals that lead from the tooth pulp to the root to become infected. Left untreated, this infection can result in severe pain and may cause the tooth to die. A root canal cleans out the canals to remove infection and save the tooth. A crown placed atop the tooth provides protection against future damage.

What Happens During a Root Canal Treatment?

In a root canal procedure, the interior tissue of the tooth, called the pulp, is removed along with the nerve that serves the tooth. The chamber in which the pulp resides is called the root canal—thus providing the procedure with its common name. Dr. Huriega drills a small hole in the tooth, through which he then inserts tools of various sizes to extract the infected tissue. After the infected or damaged tissue is removed, the interior of the tooth is disinfected and filled with a special, sterile substance. A crown is then placed over the tooth, after which normal function is restored and any discomfort should be gone. With a root canal, a tooth that otherwise might have been lost is preserved. If possible, Dr. Huriega will opt to seal the tooth with a tooth colored filling, also known as composite resin. But many teeth that undergo root canals are molars, and the likely step to seal the tooth is with a dental crown. If a crown is to be placed, we may wish to prepare the tooth while the area is still anesthetized from the root canal procedure. Typically, the only alternative to a root canal is tooth extraction. The final restoration is virtually indistinguishable so you will be saving your tooth, relieving any discomfort, and likely preventing time consuming and costly dental treatment in the future. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Huriega at Aesthetic Dental Partners. We provide comprehensive, personalized dental care for residents of San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Articles addressing common questions about Root Canals

Don’t Use Your Teeth As Tools

The enamel found in your teeth is the strongest substance in your body, and your teeth are instrumental in your ability to process an array of foods with a wide variety of textures. Even thought they are strong, teeth can still be damaged if you use them in ways that they weren’t designed for. It…
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FAQs About Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a necessary procedure that prevents a person from losing their tooth to disease. This procedure is endodontic in nature, which means that the inside of the tooth is treated. Our dentist performs root canal therapy on teeth that have infected root canals caused by severe cavities or dental injuries like cracks…
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If my tooth doesn’t hurt, why do I need root canal treatment?

You’re at the dentist for your twice yearly visit to have teeth cleaned and examined for potential problems. When you arrived, you were not experiencing any dental discomfort; however, your dentist noticed a problem on your dental x-ray. An infection at the apex of the tooth is brewing, and while it may not hurt right…
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Can I Avoid Tooth Extraction if I Have a Cracked Tooth?

Serious damage to the teeth, such as a cracked tooth may raise the possibility of tooth extraction, but it’s generally preferred to preserve a biological tooth whenever possible. Although tooth replacement devices have advanced significantly in recent years, a natural tooth is still a patient’s best option for good long-term outcomes. Fortunately, a root canal…
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Will my tooth need additional treatment following a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure where the outer surface of the tooth is opened and the contents of the root’s canals are cleaned out usually due to infection. Without this process, the affected tooth must generally be extracted. Sensitivity to temperature or sweets is a very good clue that the nerve of a…
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Root Canal vs. Tooth Extraction

Root canal therapy is a tooth-saving procedure. Instead of extracting a damaged tooth with an infected root canal, your dentist can use precise tools to enter the inside of the tooth and remove the threat of infection. One of the most common symptoms associated with a severely infected tooth, where the bacteria has breached the…
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How Successful Is a Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatments have a bad reputation among dental procedures. However, the root canal as it is performed today is not terribly uncomfortable, and can be compared to a standard dental filling or crown procedure. Also, when a root canal is necessary, it can mean the difference between keeping and losing the affected tooth. If…
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How Does A Root Canal Become Infected?

A root canal infection is a common problem and easy to treat. There are many factors that can lead to this condition. Any dentist will tell you that improper oral hygiene is the major culprit. When we do not brush at least three times a day, plaque build-up begins. This soft matter soon hardens if…
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Will I Experience Sensitivity After a Root Canal?

A root canal is often recommended in situations where a tooth has become very uncomfortable. The root canal removes the nerve and the pulp from the tooth, effectively making the tooth unable to sense cold, heat, or other stimulation. However, the tooth is still usable for biting and chewing. Under some circumstances, though, a tooth…
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When Root Canal Therapy is Necessary

The root canal has such a bad reputation that the phrase, “I’d rather have a root canal,” has seeped into the English language as a way of showing an activity is so undesired that this much-maligned procedure would be preferable. In reality, though, the root canal procedure is no more unpleasant than receiving a filling.…
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