Endodontic treatment (also known as root canal treatment) is a procedure to preserve your natural teeth. It is also an excellent investment in your health and well-being. The treatments available at Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio are often an alternative to dental extraction. If a tooth is removed, it is generally replaced with an implant, bridge, or dentures. Replacing a tooth is often far more expensive and time intensive than preserving and repairing it.
As specialists, our doctors have completed two years of advanced training in endodontics beyond dental school. This training focuses on diagnosing and treating tooth infections and managing traumatic injuries. The dental pulp, which is contained within the tooth and is made up of nerves and other tissues, and sometimes becomes infected due to decay or trauma. The most common procedure performed by endodontists is root canal treatment, which involves removing the infected pulp from inside the tooth and then sealing and restoring the tooth.
Fractures and decay can threaten the health of the pulp. The pulp nourishes teeth during development and maturation. Once matured the tooth does not need this tissue for its sustained health and function. The infected or diseased pulpal tissue is removed during root canal treatment, which helps to restore the health of the tooth. Patients who are likely to need root canal treatment may experience the following symptoms :
First we get you completely numb. We remove the damaged tissue and disinfect the inside of the tooth, then seal the root canal system with a biocompatible material and place a permanent filling. This process can often be done in one appointment of 60-90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the tooth, and can be done in a manner that is painless.
With proper and consistent oral care, teeth that have had root canal treatment can remain healthy for many years. Call (210) 405-0473 to schedule an appointment at Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio. We can discuss your options for treatment, as well as payment options. We will file your dental insurance, if you have it, and accept cash and most major credit cards. We also offer financing through CareCredit®.