Experienced Root Canal Therapy in Castroville
At Medina Family Dental, we're committed to providing you with safe, gentle, and efficient root canal therapy. If you're dealing with a painful and infected tooth, our practice provides skilled root canal therapy to help you get the relief you deserve. Our team, led by Dr. Otto Herod and Dr. Frank Danna, has a wealth of experience treating even severe tooth infections.
We're passionate about serving the residents of Castroville and its surrounding communities. We also offer emergency root canal therapy with same-day appointments whenever possible. Contact us today to receive quality root canal therapy in Castroville!
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What is Root Canal Therapy?
Although your outer tooth is durable and can last years of repeated use, its inner structure contains blood vessels, nerves, and soft tissue called the pulp. When your tooth is cracked or damaged, it creates an opening for bacteria to penetrate its pulp and infect it.
Root canal therapy is a procedure that eliminates bacteria from severely infected teeth. Not only is it meant to prevent further infection, but it saves your natural tooth structure from extraction. Root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful, but this isn't actually the case. A root canal treatment is often used to alleviate pain and provide relief, and for most people, it's not much different from receiving a crown.
5 Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy brings many dental benefits outside of eliminating the infection. Our dentist will explain how root canal therapy can improve and protect your smile during your initial visit. Root canal therapy offers the following benefits:
- Prevents the spread of infection
- Alleviates discomfort and pain
- Protects your jawbone from deterioration
- Restores your ability to properly bite and chew
- Saves you time and money from complex dental procedures
Emergency Root Canal Therapy
If you're dealing with severe tooth pain, you want to address the situation quickly. Our practice is committed to helping relieve your smile's discomfort and improving its overall health with emergency root canal therapy. If you think that you have an infected tooth, call our office immediately. When available, we offer same-day appointments and are dedicated to saving your natural teeth. We also have an answering service to take your calls after hours and will do all we can to get back to you quickly and provide the care you need.
Our Root Canal Therapy Process
When you come in for your root canal therapy, we'll begin the procedure by taking detailed x-rays of your infected tooth. Additionally, it may be necessary for you to take antibiotics before undergoing root canal therapy to lessen instances of severe infection. Once our dentist has an idea of the severity and extent of the infection, we'll begin the procedure by thoroughly numbing the area to ensure that you're comfortable during treatment. From there, we'll then create a channel in your tooth to reach its pulp.
Any infected and damaged tissue will then be removed while cleaning and disinfecting the area. Afterward, we'll fill your tooth's root canals with antibacterial material to reduce the chance of infection in the future. Once your tooth has been cleared of infection, we can then work to place a restoration of your choosing, including CEREC® same-day crowns.
Gentle Extractions When Necessary
At Medina Family Dental, our goal is to preserve your natural teeth as much as possible. However, it may be necessary to extract a severely infected or damaged tooth if root canal therapy isn't enough to save it. We understand that the thought of extraction can seem intimidating. We pride ourselves on providing gentle and seamless extractions to make your experience as simple as possible. In addition, we provide bone preservation following extractions to preserve your jawbone for dental implant placement if you choose to restore the tooth once the site is healed.
Root Canal Therapy FAQs
It's normal to have questions about root canal therapy. Our team is happy to answer your questions and ensure you have the information to determine whether root canal therapy is right for you. Some frequently asked questions about root canal therapy include:
Yes. Our practice offers nitrous and oral sedation to help make your dental experience as comfortable as possible.
We recommend that you brush and floss your teeth regularly. Additionally, reducing your intake of sugary or acidic foods can help prevent your tooth from getting cavities that bacteria can enter.
It all depends on the severity of your tooth's infection and whether you require any preparation for restoration afterward. However, typical procedure times take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.
Castroville Root Canal Therapy to Improve Your Smile
At Medina Family Dental, we're passionate about improving and protecting your smile through skilled root canal therapy. Our dental team will work to eliminate bacteria and prevent further infection. Contact us today to get the Castroville root canal therapy you deserve during your next appointment!
CALL US: (830) 931-2150 REQUEST APPOINTMENT