Gentle Root Canal Therapy in Pharr, TX

Root canal therapy can become necessary when harmful bacteria is able to make its way inside a tooth and cause an infection. A gentle root canal treatment stops the infection in its tracks before it can spread and cause more serious consequences, restoring the patient’s oral health and overall health. To learn more or schedule a root canal treatment with our team, please give us a call or send us a message through our virtual contact form, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

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What happens during a root canal?

After local anesthetic has been administered into the gums, a small hole is created in the top of the tooth so that the inside of the tooth can be accessed. Then, the infected dental pulp, or the blood vessels and tissue inside the tooth, are carefully removed. The tooth must then be expertly cleaned out and sealed before a crown or other restoration can be placed. At the follow-up visit, we will remove the temporary crown and examine the tooth to make sure everything looks good before placing the permanent crown, which will protect and support the tooth.

Are root canals painful?

Root canals have a reputation for being painful and uncomfortable treatments because they used to be very unpleasant. Fortunately, advancements in dentistry have made root canal therapy much better from the patient’s point of view, and many patients actually find that root canals are not so different from getting a dental filling. Your teeth and gums will be completely numb during your treatment, but we also offer several choices for dental sedation that can make your treatment more relaxed and help your appointment fly by.

What is aftercare like for a root canal?

Once you leave our office, you will want to wait until the numbness in your mouth wears off before trying to eat anything to avoid biting your tongue. Then, you should plan on eating soft foods that require a minimal amount of chewing and try to chew with the other side of your mouth as much as possible. If you feel any pain or discomfort in the days following your treatment, it shouldn’t be anything that over-the-counter pain medications can’t combat. If you have any questions or concerns at any point, feel free to contact us for assistance.