Welcome to Elite Dental, the premier provider of root canal therapy in the San Antonio, Pleasanton, and New Braunfels areas. Root canals are a common procedure used to treat infection and decay in the innermost part of the natural tooth, avoiding tooth removal. By removing the infected or decayed part of the tooth and replacing it with a permanent filling, the patient can avoid more serious dental problems in the future and maintain optimal dental health.
Elite Dental is committed to providing the highest quality root canal therapy in a comfortable, safe environment. Our skilled general dentist and staff are dedicated to providing the best care possible for our patients. Whether you are looking for relief from tooth pain from deep decay, or a diseased tooth, or seeking preventive care, Elite Dental has you covered.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canals are a type of procedure in which the innermost part of a tooth root is filled with pulp. Molars often have three roots, each of which can contain several canals. When the pulp of these canals becomes infected or damaged, root canal therapy is necessary. Dr. Mohan and Dr. Veena, both dentists with years of experience, are skilled in performing this dental procedure. Our technique is so gentle that many patients even fall asleep during the procedure.
Root canals are typically done in one or two visits and involve removing infected pulp and cleaning and sealing the root canals. To protect the tooth and restore it to a healthy state, the root canals are filled with a temporary filling and the tooth is crowned. The process is generally painless and most patients can go about their daily activities as usual on the same day. Plus, the treated tooth can be stronger than it was before the infection, thanks to the special material used to protect the root canals.
Consultation, Exam, and X-rays
Dr. Veena and Dr. Mohan are experienced dentists that are experts in dental procedures such as root canal therapy. They understand the importance of determining if root canal therapy is necessary before it is performed, and use a comprehensive process to do so.
The process begins with a consultation, during which the patient’s medical history is taken, and the dentist examines the patient’s teeth and gums. During the exam, the dentist looks for signs of infection such as tooth pain, swelling, and discoloration in the gums, as well as any signs of decay. The dentist may also take dental X-rays to get a better view of what’s happening inside the tooth.
Once the exam and X-rays are complete, Dr. Veena and Dr. Mohan will discuss their findings and make a recommendation for the next steps. If root canal therapy is recommended, the patient will be provided with detailed information about the procedure, cost, and expected outcome.
Dr. Veena and Dr. Mohan take a thorough and thoughtful approach to determine if root canal therapy is needed to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.
Our Root Canal Procedure
Dr. Mohan and Dr. Veena make root canal treatment fast and comfortable with their high-speed rotary instrument. They gently extract the infected pulp after using local anesthesia from within the tooth and use antibiotic treatment to clean the chamber. Afterward, the canals are filled with a sterile material and sealed with a bio-compatible, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial sealer. All of this can be completed in a single visit.
For added protection, Dr. Mohan or Dr. Veena will likely recommend a crown. These are typically made from materials such as ceramic, metal, or composite resin used to reinforce the tooth and help avoid future root canal treatments. Once the crown is affixed, the tooth will look and feel just like a natural one. With appropriate dental hygiene and regular checkups, a root canal-treated tooth can last a long time.
Signs of Needing Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is required when the pulp of the tooth’s root canal has been infected. This can cause a range of symptoms, from mild discomfort to intense pain, and can even result in an abscess. In some cases, people may overlook the occasional pain, but if it persists, it’s an indication of infection. Swelling around the gum line, discoloration of the tooth, and an abscess at the base of the tooth are other clear signs of infection. Toothache when biting, sensitivity to hot and cold, and pain that comes and goes without any cause can also be indications of an infection.
Root canal treatment is designed to clean out the infected pulp, eliminating the bacteria and debris, and then sealing off the affected area to prevent further infection. The dentist will use a drill to make an access hole in the tooth and then employ specialized tools to remove the infected tissue. Once the cavity is filled with a special material, the tooth is sealed off with a crown or filling. When the treatment is complete, the patient can enjoy eating and other activities without the discomfort of pain. Furthermore, root canal treatment can help to stop further tooth decay and gum disease. Although it can be an uncomfortable experience, the relief it brings makes it worth it.
Root Canal Recovery
Root canal recovery is a process that requires time and patience. After treatment, it is important to follow the advice of Dr. Veena and Dr. Mohan, professional dentists, to ensure a swift and successful recovery. Initially, you may experience some pain or sensitivity in the treated area. This is normal and should subside within a few days. During this time, it is important to take pain medication as prescribed and to refrain from eating hard or crunchy foods. Additionally, proper oral hygiene is essential during recovery and should include brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. With proper care, root canal recovery can be a smooth and successful process.
How painful is a root canal?
The amount of pain experienced during a root canal varies from person to person. However, most people report that root canals cause some discomfort during the procedure, but not severe pain. In general, the pain is no worse than that of a filling. Your dentist will be able to use a local anesthetic to help make the procedure more comfortable.
How long do root canals usually take?
Dr. Veena and Dr. Mohan will take care of all patients during the root canal procedure, which typically takes one to two hours, depending on the tooth, the complexity of the procedure, and the skill of the dentist or endodontist. The length of the procedure may vary depending on the extent of the damage to the tooth and the complexity of the root canal anatomy.
A full assessment of the tooth, including x-rays, will be conducted prior to the procedure to ensure that the root canal treatment is performed with precision and accuracy. Dr. Veena and Dr. Mohan will provide detailed information about the procedure to ensure that the patient is comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire process.
Are there any root canal complications?
Sometimes complications can happen but are rare, this includes infection, sinus problems, nerve damage, and pain that persists after the procedure. There can also be complications in the form of a failed root canal, which can occur when the infection is too severe or the root canal was not properly done.
At Dr. Veen and Dr. Mohan’s office, you can rest assured that you are in the best of hands. Our experienced dentists are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care and will do everything they can to ensure that your root canal procedure is successful and free of complications. We understand the importance of your oral health and are here to help you every step of the way.