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Root Canals in Austin, TX

 Root Canal | Dentist in Austin, TX |  Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group

Are you tired of clutching your mouth in pain? Are you experiencing swollen and tender gums that just won’t heal? Do you notice a persistent sore on your gums? While you might not want to think about it, these are all classic signs of an infected tooth. You may wish to sit around and wait out the pain, but with most infections, it will only get worse until something is done to treat it. This is especially true for dental problems.

Why suffer through pain and discomfort when you could get the treatment you need to feel better? Here are the how’s why’s of root canal therapy from our dentists Dr. Shaw and Dr. Davies.

Why is a root canal necessary?

A root canal is needed when bacteria get inside the tooth, infecting or irritating the dental pulp. This often occurs due to serious decay, decay that’s trapped under a filling, infection, or trauma to the tooth.

What are the signs that you might need a root canal?

  • Sudden pain
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold
  • A loose tooth
  • Pain while eating
  • Swelling and tender gums around the infected tooth
  • Pus or an abscess surrounding the infected tooth
  • Swelling in the face

Will dental infections or damage always have symptoms?

This is the tricky and frustrating part—sometimes you can still have a dental problem that requires root canal therapy, but you won’t actually experience any symptoms. At this point, you might be wondering how you’ll know to go to the dentist. In these cases, we reiterate the importance of keeping up with your six-month checkups. Even if you don’t notice symptoms, we will perform diagnostic X-rays that will be able to pinpoint even the smallest dental issues.

What is root canal therapy like?

Nowadays, this treatment is no more complicated than getting a tooth filled. We will use local anesthesia to numb your mouth, and then we will go inside the tooth to remove the pulp and infected tissue.

Then we will make sure to clean the inside of the tooth to remove any bacteria or debris. We will also flush the tooth out with disinfectants. If there is an infection present, we may also choose to medicate the infected area and wait until the infection is clear before filling your tooth.

If you’re experiencing any dental problems, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. Let’s get to the root of your dental woes and get you feeling better!
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