Root Canal Treatment
in San Antonio
Making root canals easy on you
Dr. Edward Camacho performs root canal therapy to repair and save a tooth that’s badly decayed or has become infected. During root canal therapy the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Dr. Camacho uses state-of-the-art technology and instruments to provide you with a comfortable experience and superior results.
His advanced rotary procedures make root canal therapy fast and easy. It’ll be done in one visit. Furthermore, he will make sure that when a root canal is not really necessary, a more conservative procedure is used instead.
How does root canal therapy work?
Modern root canal therapy is an elective dental procedure for people who want to invest their time and money in keeping their teeth. Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures performed, with well over 14 million root canal therapies performed every year.
Dr. Camacho starts the procedure by injecting a local anesthetic in the area of the tooth to numb your gums and teeth. Then he will gently remove the pulp from the tooth using his hi-tech rotary instruments. Finally, he’ll fill the inside part of your tooth below the gum line with medicine and a filling material that’s cemented into the root of the tooth. A root canal-treated tooth can last you a lifetime under normal circumstances.
When decay has already damaged your tooth or will do so, root canal therapy can save your tooth. It can also prevent a painful infection from developing in the pulp and spreading to other teeth. Additionally, root canal therapy can treat an infection that’s developed in an abscessed tooth.
If you have these symptoms, you may need root canal therapy
A root canal is the space (canal) within a tooth’s root. Root canal infections are one of the most commonly occurring dental problems. Symptoms that you may need root canal therapy can include:
- Moderate to severe lingering toothache that may throb and be sensitive to cold or heat
- Swelling in your gum that may, upon applying pressure, release blood or pus
- Pain that begins in the tooth and can spread to the jaw, ear, head etc.
- Very painful toothache that keeps you up at night
- Pain when biting or chewing food
However, you may experience no pain at all, however, yet still need a root canal to save a tooth. During your New Patient Exam Dr. Camacho can spot a tooth in trouble early on that will need root canal therapy to save it.
So what’s your next step?
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. If you think you might need root canal therapy, based on the symptoms above, then your next step is to get a full oral exam, digital X-rays and a consultation with Dr. Camacho. If you do have a problem, he needs to determine the extent that the root is infected and make sure you get the treatment you need to save your tooth.