What is a root canal?

Do you have severe tooth pain, especially when chewing or biting down? Have your gums swelled up in a particular area of your mouth? Then you may be facing extensive tooth decay or damage that requires root canal treatment, more commonly known as a root canal. A root canal is an endodontic treatment, developed to restore the strength and integrity of your inner tooth. Located in this delicate area are canals and dental pulp essential to the health of your smile. When decayed, an infection can form and eventually kill your tooth. Root canal treatment is used to save your smile and ensure your overall oral health.

How are root canals done?

A root canal in San Antonio, Texas, begins with using local anesthesia to numb your tooth and the surrounding area. Then, the tooth is opened and all infected dental pulp is removed. After cleaning your root canal system, a strong material known as gutta-percha is placed inside of your tooth to restore it. Finally, a dental filling or dental crown is used to seal off the tooth and complete the treatment. If you are experiencing pain, we invite you to contact our accomplished dentist at Leon Springs Dental Center, Dr. Walker, to schedule your appointment to receive a full diagnosis and treatment plan. We look forward to helping you with your smile!