Root Canals

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is widespread, and dentists around the United States perform millions annually. Yet, 15% of Americans avoid seeking dental care because of misconceptions and fears about dental care. The phrase “root canal” might cause some individuals to feel anxious and ask questions like, “do root canals hurt?”

While there might be some preconceived notions about root canals, root canal treatment itself is not as bad as it seems. Many patients feel relief from root canal pain after scheduling an appointment with root canal specialist and San Antonio native Dr. Nikhaar Keshwani.

Root Canal Defined

What is a root canal? Many people refer to root canal therapy or treatments as “root canals,” but the root canal itself is a special section of every healthy tooth. The root canal is the dental pulp-filled cavity in the root of a tooth.

Dentists perform endodontic treatment, like root canal therapy, by carefully eliminating harmful bacteria and removing infected or damaged tooth pulp.

Signs that You Potentially Need Root Canal Therapy

When do you need a root canal? The only way to know if you need root canal treatment is by visiting a general dentist. But here are several warning signs that you can keep an eye out for:

  • Persistent dental pain
  • Sensitivity to temperature, spices, and sweetness
  • Discomfort when eating or brushing teeth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Swollen gums
  • Cracked tooth pain
  • A loose tooth

Signs that You Potentially Need Root Canal Therapy

Before Root Canal Treatment

At your root canal consultation, Dr. Keshwani will thoroughly inspect your teeth to determine if root canal therapy is necessary. Also, she will explicitly explain all parts of this procedure before starting it, like if dental restorations (like dental crowns) are needed, root canal cost, and more.

During Root Canal Treatment

During a root canal procedure, your San Antonio root canal dentist will:

During Root Canal Treatment

During a root canal procedure, your San Antonio root canal dentist will:

  • Step 1: Remove bacteria and decayed tissue from the tooth pulp, root, and nerve
  • Step 2: Sterilize the treatment area with antibiotics
  • Step 3: Fill the empty root canal
  • Step 4: Seal the treatment area to prevent reinfection and further decay

After Root Canal Treatment

Typically, root canal recovery takes no longer than a week. Some might feel mild to moderate discomfort following the procedure, but your general dentist can help you manage it with medication. Still, if your root canal pain lasts longer than a week after treatment, please don’t hesitate to call 210-732-3333 to schedule a same-day appointment. Dentist Dr. Keshwani is here to help.

Should you undergo root canal therapy or a dental extraction?

During individualized treatment planning, Dr. Keshwani debates root canal vs. extraction. If possible, she saves teeth with root canal therapy. On the other hand, when patients wait too long and endodontic treatment is no longer on the table, pulling a tooth is the only feasible option.

A Prompt Root Canal Procedure Can Save Your Smile from Extraction

If Dr. Keshwani prescribes root canal therapy, there’s no need to worry. The Babcock Family Dental team will assist you every step of the way so that you can avoid tooth removal. Call 210-732-3333 or schedule an appointment if you suspect a root canal infection.