Root Canal Therapy in Austin
When a bacterial infection gets to the root of a tooth, it can result in severe pain and put the tooth at risk. Root canal therapy (also called endodontic treatment) provides a safe and effective means to relieve pain and restore your tooth to good health.
At Parmer Lane Family Dentistry, we believe there is no greater service we can provide than to bring relief to patients and improve their quality of life. We work with specialists to provide top-tier service while keeping everything in-house, so you can receive quality care in a place you feel comfortable and safe. If you suffer from a toothache, call our office today, and let us restore the wellness of your smile.
Root Canal Therapy: A Gentle Modern Practice
When people hear ‘root canal therapy,’ they be intimidated. However, modern dental tools and practices have made this procedure safer, gentle and more restorative than ever before.
Dental professionals are now equipped to preserve much more of the natural tooth, and are able to maximize patient comfort while shortening recovery time. With modern dental techniques in skilled hands, root canal therapy today has become a far more therapeutic process.
What Does Root Canal Therapy Do?
If a bacterial infection reaches a tooth’s pulp - the inner center of soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves – it will cause significant pain. The infection could spread through the blood vessels to pose serious health risks elsewhere in the body. If left untreated, an extraction may be required.
Root canal therapy preserves the tooth by eliminating the infected tissue. Our office brings in a doctor who specializes in endodontic treatment and has the skills and experience to perform the procedure well.
The specialist removes the infected soft tissue from inside the tooth. The root’s canals are then cleaned out and purified, removing any trace of infection. A special material called gutta percha is placed into the root canals to provide support and stability. If necessary, stabilizing posts will also be added.
The specialist then packs a filling into the open space, and finally the tooth is capped with a crown to protect it. With the infection gone, any tooth pain should disappear fairly quickly, and once the tooth has healed, it can be used as normal without tenderness or sensitivity.
When Should I See the Dentist?
A tooth infection should be dealt with at the first sign of trouble in order to preserve as much of the tooth as possible. Call the dentist as soon as you observe any of these symptoms:
- Severe tooth pain
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Tenderness when touching or chewing
- Swelling, especially in the cheek
It is also possible for a tooth infection to display no symptoms, which makes it essential to maintain your regular dental visits so that any problems may be detected and dealt with early on.
Safe, Gentle Dentistry in Austin
Parmer Lane Family Dentistry knows that patient comfort is equally important as quality dentistry. We make every effort to provide you the care and expertise you need in a single practice, so you can feel at home in every visit. Schedule your next visit with our office today!