An Austin root canal procedure becomes necessary when tooth decay is not swiftly dealt with, allowing it to deeply penetrate and infect the inner chamber of your tooth. Once infection progresses to a certain point, a root canal may be needed to avoid tooth extraction. A root canal is a simple procedure in which special instruments are used to remove the tooth pulp and gently clean the inside of a tooth.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you should call Cedar Park dentist Dr. Dale Williams at 512-782-0821 as soon as possible to schedule a thorough examination.
Symptoms of an Infected Tooth
Symptoms of tooth infection include:
- Extreme toothache or pain, particularly when chewing or applying bite pressure
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums around a specific tooth
- Increased and prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- A darkening of one specific tooth
- A persistent pimple (abscess) on the gums around a tooth
These issues can indicate a tooth infection, but may also indicate other oral health issues. Dr. Williams can perform a thorough examination to determine if you have any decay present, and whether a white filling, inlay or only, or a root canal is necessary.
Performing a Root Canal
Round Rock general dentist Dr. Williams may perform your root canal by drilling a small access hole in your tooth through which tiny files can be inserted to scrape infection and debris out of your pulp chamber. Throughout this process a medical fluid will be intermittently flushed through the cavity to wash out loose particles. Once the tooth has been cleaned, the access hole will be sealed and a dental crown will be placed over the tooth to prevent additional problems.
While many people envision root canals to be a terribly painful procedure, the truth is they are essentially no more uncomfortable than a typical dental filling. In fact, by the time a root canal in Austin becomes necessary the nerve of the tooth is already dead and, through this procedure, the pain associated with a tooth infection is eliminated, allowing it to both increase general comfort and prevent the loss of your tooth.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of an infected tooth, please contact Cedar Park Premier Dentistry today to schedule an examination with Dr. Williams. We provide Austin root canal services to men and women living in and around the Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Pflugerville areas of Texas.