When is it Time for a Root Canal?
If a tooth’s nerve has been damaged due to decay or infection, a root canal can save the enamel, so that you won’t have a missing tooth in your mouth. If you feel acute pain in your tooth or have a tooth that’s very sensitive to hot and cold, pick up the phone and make an appointment with your dentist right away.
You may have a diseased tooth root that needs to be removed.
How Does a Root Canal Work?
During a root canal procedure, the damaged tooth pulp is removed, and the entire canal is cleaned out and sealed. Local anesthesia is usually required for this, and therefore the process may need more than one appointment in our San Antonio, TX office. The time factor also depends on the seriousness of the root canal. Root canals have about a 90% success rate.
If you have a tooth that’s been bothering you, either with acute pain or sensitivity to hot and cold, it’s best to have it checked out by a dentist at the very least. Even though you may not end up needing a root canal, we can’t officially rule it out until we examine you.
Call the office of Cheryl E. Davis, D.M.D. to schedule your appointment. Whether you need a root canal or not, you can always expect to be in the best of hands here.