A dental infection can cause immense pain and eventually result in serious oral health issues, including tooth loss.
At River City Dental Solutions in San Antonio, TX, a root canal can relieve painful symptoms and eliminate the need for tooth extraction.
If you need a root canal, dentist Joseph Perry makes the procedure virtually painless.
What Is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment is needed when bacteria enters the tooth via cracks, chips, or cavities. When this bacteria causes an infection in the tooth roots and pulp, root canal therapy is needed to remove the infected pulp and blood vessels.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
A dental infection usually occurs when decay reaches the pulp (soft tissue) within a tooth. This may present a number of symptoms that could indicate that a root canal is necessary. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Severe pain that worsens when chewing
- An abscess that looks like a large, irritated bump on the gums
- Extreme sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tender or swollen gum tissue
- Dental discoloration
- Pus or infection at the gum line
How Does a Root Canal Work?
Will I Have Pain?
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Affordable Dental Care
To help keep the cost of treatment affordable at River City Dental Solutions, we accept most major dental insurance plans. Our friendly office staff will be more than happy to work with your provider to help you make the most of your benefits.
For patients without insurance, we offer membership in our Smile Advantage Dental Care Plan. For a one-time annual fee, membership includes exams, x-rays, routine cleanings, and discounts on all other dental services.
We will be glad to answer any questions you may have about your insurance coverage or our Smile Advantage Dental Care Plan during your next visit to our San Antonio dentist office.
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Are you experiencing pain or other symptoms in one or more teeth? Get in touch with Dr. Joseph Perry today.
In some cases, a root canal infection may not be accompanied by painful symptoms, which is why routine dental visits are so important. During these visits, your dentist can detect any underlying issues and address them before they progress.
Dr. Joseph Perry provides comprehensive, compassionate care to individuals and families in the San Antonio area. Under his care, you can expect virtually painless treatment that provides immense relief and health benefits.
Root Canal Treatment Timeline
What should I expect during my root canal?
Root canal treatment can be completed in one to two visits at our San Antonio office. On average, treating one tooth takes about one to two hours. Here is a general timeline of what patients can expect from start to finish:
Day of Procedure
Recovery and Aftercare
What should I anticipate after my root canal?
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Many of our San Antonio patients worry that root canal treatment is painful. Contrary to popular belief, the procedure itself is virtually painless. By removing the pulp, the source of the pain is eliminated. In most cases, patients who undergo this procedure experience significant and immediate relief following their appointment.
As with most dentistry treatments, patients can expect some level of tenderness and inflammation after their root canal. These side effects can be successfully managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Your dentist may also prescribe pain medication, which should be taken exactly as directed.
Following your root canal, you will be provided with a list of postoperative instructions. In general, patients should refrain from exercise or strenuous activity for two to three days. The area should be kept clean by gently swishing with warm saltwater or antibacterial mouthwash. Following these recommendations helps foster a comfortable recovery.
Can a Root Canal Fail?
When it comes to dental procedures, there are no guarantees. There is always a chance that a root canal could fail. This could happen for a number of reasons, including a damaged restoration or residual infection from the initial treatment. In some cases, portions of the pulp or tissues were left behind. Symptoms of failure may be obvious just days or weeks after your procedure, or they could surface months, or even years, later. The best way for you as a patient to minimize this risk is to choose an excellent dentist.
Should your root canal procedure fail, your dentist will recommend appropriate next steps. Endodontic retreatment may be an option. This involves performing a second root canal to address any infection. There are also other endodontic procedures – such as an apicoectomy (root amputation) – that remove a portion of the affected root to reduce the risk of reinfection.
If endodontic treatment is not an option, your San Antonio, TX, dentist will probably recommend extracting the tooth and replacing it with an implant. Dental implants are currently considered the best teeth replacement option available in dentistry.
At River City Dental Solutions, Dr. Perry will take the time to discuss all of your treatment options in detail so you can be well-informed before making a decision.
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