Root Canals Specialist

Leander Family Dental Care

Angela Mathew, DDS

General Dentistry located in Leander, TX

Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious over the procedure in anticipation. A root canal doesn’t have to be a stressful, uncomfortable experience when you visit the skilled dental team at Leander Family Dental Care. The professional dental team at Leander Family Dental Care in Leander, Texas is well-trained to perform root canals and does so on a routine basis. If you’re concerned about having a root canal, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, one of the accomplished dentists at Leander Family Dental Care takes out the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. This way, they can save your tooth and help ease your pain.

What leads to an infection in the tooth root?

Roots and tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury to the tooth or from a cavity that is left untreated. If you don’t get to a dentist in time, the infected tissue can reach the pulp or root of your tooth. Be sure to inquire about treatment, because if the infection gets any further, this can induce a host of other problems.

What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

If you don't deal with an infected tooth right away, you'll be welcoming a great deal of pain in the future. Infected tooth symptoms might include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Intense tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Halitosis
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • A painful throbbing in your mouth or jaw
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

How does a root canal work?

Most often, one of the extremely able dentists at Leander Family Dental Care completes the treatment in one or two appointments. First, it may be necessary to take an X-ray to determine the degree of harm to the tooth requiring the root canal.

One of the dentists at Leander Family Dental Care will use a needle to numb the region and make sure you don't feel anything during the procedure. Every now and then, they put a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. Once your tooth is numb, the dentist forms a minuscule hole in your tooth to access the area of infection inside the root.

Next, your dentist removes the infected and damaged pulp using small files, then washes away any debris from the area with water. Once all the infected material is removed, your dentist either seals the tooth or puts in a temporary filling to protect your tooth until you come back for a permanent crown.

Call Leander Family Dental Care or book a consultation online if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.