At Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio, we specialize in relieving tooth and jaw pain through root canal treatment. We have a long, proven track record of success. You can rely on us to provide a pain free experience and assist you in achieving a healthy smile.
Root canals are the spaces inside a tooth’s roots that contain the dental pulp, which consists of nerves, vessels, and other tissues. The pulp aids in the growth and development of your teeth when you are young.
The teeth are protected by a hard layer of enamel on the outside and a softer layer of dentin which surrounds the pulp. These layers are susceptible to damage such as decay, trauma or wear. If the pulp is damaged it can lead to a potential infection, pain and swelling. If that occurs, root canal therapy may be recommended to remove the infected pulp to relieve your symptoms. Damaged teeth do not have to be pulled.
If root canal treatment is not performed properly it can fail. In many cases the tooth can still be saved by redoing the root canal treatment properly. Sometimes a minor surgical procedure is necessary. In most cases these are better options than having the tooth pulled.
Your tooth may feel sensitive, especially when eating or drinking something that is hot, cold, or sweet. You may feel a sharp pain when biting down or pressure in your jaw. Swelling is a sign of infection. It’s important to seek treatment as these conditions are not likely to improve on their own and are likely to get worse.