Endodontic Services at Premier Dental Center
While our office strives to help you maintain a healthy smile, there are situations that may require dental intervention. Our team at Premier Dental Center San Antonio at Naco provides professional and experienced endodontic procedures.
Endodontics is a dental specialty dedicated to preserving your natural tooth by eliminating infection/disease in the pulp (nerve) and root of the tooth. Our primary goal is to keep tooth pain at bay and eliminate the need for a tooth extraction.
When to See An Endodontist
Never ignore tooth pain! What starts as a dental emergency can turn into an infection. Our professional dental team should be contacted right away so we can examine your teeth and determine what kind of intervention is needed. In some cases, our dentist will recommend endodontics. Here are some signs you may need a root canal:
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Bleeding, swollen, or tender gums
- Tooth pain with any fever
- Darkening of tooth enamel
- Abscess or Infection
The primary procedure of endodontics is a root canal. Don’t let these two words scare you, though. Nowadays, dental technology has advanced far enough that this treatment is not the painful experience it was even ten years ago. At our modern office, we use a variety of relaxation techniques combined with local anesthesia and nitrous oxide to provide a comforting experience that is over quickly. If you are scheduled for a root canal, our team at Premier Dental Center San Antonio at Naco will talk with you about sedation options if you are an extra nervous patient. Root canals are an effective treatment that can help save your natural tooth.
The Steps of a Root Canal:
- X-rays are taken so the dentist can see the extent of the damage to the tooth and identify any sign of infection.
- Our dental assistant will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth.
- The endodontist will make an access hole in the top of the tooth.
- The pulp, or nerve, is cleaned out of the tooth through the access hole.
- The tooth is sealed. Sometimes this can be done the same day, but often the dentist may wait and medicate the tooth for some time before sealing.
If you are wondering if you need a root canal, an endodontist can perform a Pulp Vitality Test to determine how healthy the pulp (nerve) of your teeth is and whether or not a root canal would be necessary or successful.
Follow-Up Endodontic Procedures
Root canals are over 90% effective, but there may be issues that arise after the treatment that warrant further endodontic procedures. An Endodontic Retreatment is a procedure where the endodontist will reopen the tooth to determine why infection or disease is still present. They will then diagnose and provide direction for the next steps.
Trusted Root Canals in San Antonio at Naco
We know that getting a root canal isn’t on your bucket list, but our dental team at Premier Dental Center will work hard to keep you comfortable and ease your fears. While providing root canals in San Antonio, Texas, we are committed to providing the best dental experience. Our professional team, modern office, and updated dental technology is the reason why so many keep coming to us for their dental procedures. Schedule an appointment today.