At Daylight Dental, we recommend root canals to relieve the pain of an infected tooth and save it from extraction. While the procedure doesn't have a stellar reputation, with improved dental anesthesia and soothing sedation, root canals today are more comfortable and efficient than ever before.
If you have a painful tooth infection, you'll be comforted to know that we welcome walk-in patients at our South Austin dental office. Dr. Aleeahna Phan and her associates and can provide the emergency pain relief you need the same day.
How Does a Tooth Become Infected?
A tooth infection occurs in a tooth when a chip, crack, or deep cavity allows bacteria to enter the innermost part of the tooth called the pulp chamber.
Some symptoms of an infected tooth that our South Austin patients should look for are:
- A painful toothache that worsens
- Prolonged sensitivity to pressure
- Swelling or tenderness around a tooth
- A white spot on your gums
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Bad breath that won't go away
Please don't avoid calling us if you have any of these symptoms. The team at Daylight Dental understands your apprehension and will do everything in our power to ensure your comfort while we save your infected tooth.
What Happens during a Root Canal?
There's not a lot of difference between the steps we take to fill a tooth and to perform a root canal.
The first step is to numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. Then, just as our dentists do with a cavity, they access the inside of your tooth and carefully remove the infected pulp—including nerves and blood vessels. The final step is to place a sterile filling inside the hollowed-out roots and then seal the tooth with a temporary filling.
Some sensitivity or discomfort the day after your procedure is typical and nothing to worry about. Taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen usually provides our patients with all the relief they need.
As always, don't hesitate to call our Austin, TX dentists if you have a question or concern. At Daylight Dental, we're here for you before, during, and after your root canal.
We leave the tooth to heal for about two weeks, at which point you'll return to our office so we can place a final restoration on the tooth. Because we need to remove tooth structure during a root canal, our dentists will likely recommend a durable dental crown be placed on the tooth to protect it.
Discover Stress-Free Root Canals in South Austin
Root canal treatment is more comfortable and efficient than it's ever been. Our caring dental team understands, however, that many patients can benefit from some additional relaxation.
For this reason, we offer gentle sedation with nitrous oxide or "laughing gas." You'll remain awake during your procedure, but you will feel very calm and have an increased sense of well-being. The effects of nitrous wear off quickly, and you can safely drive yourself home from your appointment. Please let us know if you would like nitrous oxide sedation or if there is anything else we can do to keep you comfortable.
Call or Walk-In for a Dental Appointment
If you are in pain and suspect you need treatment for an infected tooth in Austin, TX, please call us at (512) 782-8738 or walk into our office, and we will see you as soon as possible the same day.