Root Canal Treatment Specialist

Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - Family and Cosmetic Dentistry -  - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Hollywood Park, San Antonio, TX

Each year, about 15 million Americans receive root canal treatment. This quick, pain-free procedure can preserve a damaged or decaying tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. At Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - family and cosmetic dentistry, the team of expert dentists offers root canal treatment to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in San Antonio, Texas, call the office today or book online.

Root Canal Treatment Q&A

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure that removes damaged or infected pulp from the center of a tooth. Tooth pulp contains blood vessels and nerves. It provides your teeth with nourishment and allows for temperature sensations but isn’t necessary for their long-term survival. 

By removing the pulp from your tooth, cleaning out your root canal, and applying a crown on top, it’s possible to preserve your smile without more invasive treatment.

Why would I need root canal treatment?

At Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - family and cosmetic dentistry, the team uses root canal treatment to treat tooth pulp that’s damaged or infected. That can occur due to:

  • Cracks and chips
  • Extensive dental work
  • A blow to the mouth
  • Deep cavities left untreated

If you experience tooth pain, swelling, or a sensation of heat in your gums, don’t wait to contact the team and make an appointment.

What does root canal treatment involve?

Root canal treatment typically takes two appointments.

First root canal treatment visit

To see if root canal treatment might benefit you, your dentist conducts an oral exam and takes X-rays. If you have a deep cavity or tooth pulp that’s inflamed, they administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth and complete the root canal procedure.

Your dentist removes the pulp from your tooth, cleans out your root canal, and fills it with gutta-percha. Then, your dentist takes digital impressions of your mouth and places a temporary crown on top of your tooth.

The team sends your digital impressions to a dental facility that creates custom dental restorations. The facility uses the impressions to craft a custom dental crown that fits your tooth perfectly.

Second root canal treatment visit

When your new crown is ready, you return to the office. Your dentist numbs your mouth with an anesthetic and replaces your temporary crown with the permanent one.

What is recovery like after root canal treatment?

After root canal treatment, you might experience some mild swelling and increased tooth sensitivity. To speed up your recovery process, the team recommends:

  • Eating soft foods for the first 48 hours
  • Brushing and flossing gently
  • Using a desensitizing toothpaste
  • Avoiding extremely hot or extremely cold foods and drinks

Any discomfort should subside with rest and over-the-counter pain medication, but if your symptoms persist or worsen, contact the team right away.

To receive root canal treatment, make an appointment at Erin McLendon, DDS & Associates - family and cosmetic dentistry, by calling the office, or booking online today.

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