It’s important to get a regular dental examination and teeth cleaning at least twice a year. A regular dental exam can spot problems like tooth decay in their earliest stages. This can mean the difference between saving a damaged tooth or having to remove it.
Pain and discomfort are sure signs that something’s not right with your tooth. This includes:
- Tooth pain that lasts more than 30 minutes.
- Sharp pain when biting down.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids.
- Constant and severe pain and pressure.
- Swelling of gum, and sensitivity to touch.
- Dull aches in the upper teeth and jaw.
When you make your appointment at San Marcos, TX family dentistry clinic The Dental Space, Dr. McCartor will carefully examine your teeth to determine the extent of the damage. In a worst-case scenario, the damage may be so advanced that the tooth will have to be extracted. However, if the damage is diagnosed before it becomes too extensive, the tooth can often be saved through a root canal procedure.
What is a Root Canal Procedure?
At The Dental Space in San Marcos, TX, a root canal procedure removes and fills the damaged portion of the tooth, restoring it to its original form and function. It’s a safe, effective procedure. Several million people in the U.S. undergo root canal treatments every year.
The procedure begins with Dr. McCartor administering local anesthesia to the affected tooth. Once the site is numb, Dr. McCartor will remove the infected area of the tooth. He then uses specialized tools to remove the damaged and diseased pulp from the tooth’s inner chamber and root canals.
After the diseased material has been removed, Dr. McCartor will clean and disinfect the site, and then the tooth will be reinforced. The opening in the tooth will then be closed using a temporary filling while the permanent crown is being prepared. When it’s ready, the dentist will wrap up the procedure by putting the permanent crown into place.
After the procedure is complete, it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums to prevent reinfection. With the proper care and attention, there’s no reason why you should expect to have any further problems with the root canal-treated tooth.
Pain-Free Root Canal Procedures at The Dental Space in San Marcos, TX
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, it’s important to get it treated right away. Contact The Dental Space at 512-667-9770 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Dr. McCartor will be able to assess the condition of your tooth. If the damage is not too extensive, you may be a candidate for a root canal procedure. If the tooth has undergone too much damage, it may have to be extracted.
We use the latest dental technology and procedures to ensure our root canal and other dental procedures are as painless and stress-free as possible for our patients.
The Dental Space is the place for outstanding dental care in San Marcos, TX. We provide state-of-the-art dental treatment for patients in San Marcos and throughout Hays County, including Wimberley, Martindale, Redwood, Maxwell, Reedville, and Kyle. We accept many forms of dental insurance and offer a wide range of payment options. New patients are always welcome!