South Austin Dentist Answers Root Canal FAQs

Do root canals hurt?

The myth of painful root canals has been dispelled with modern technology, minimally invasive methods, and local anesthesia. The modern root canal procedure is typically not any more uncomfortable than receiving a filling. Our South Austin dentist will work diligently to offer you comfortable dentistry that is as minimally invasive as possible. Customer satisfaction is our goal, so if you need extra measures to help you feel more comfortable, just inform one of our friendly team members.

Why do I need a root canal?

Tooth decay starts with a buildup of bacteria which turns into plaque. The plaque combines with sugar and saliva to create acid. The formation of acid wears away your tooth enamel, making your teeth vulnerable to infection. The decay starts as small dental caries, which develop into bigger cavities. If the cavities are untreated, the decay reaches deeper into the tooth. Once it has infected the internal structure of your tooth, a root canal is necessary to eliminate the toothache and prevent an abscess.

Why do internally infected teeth feel like severe toothaches?

While some internally infected teeth fly under the radar, most teeth with internal decay result in toothache. Often, this is a person’s first signal that they need a root canal. The reason you experience toothache is because the infection has reached the pulp center. Inside the middle of the tooth is the pulp chamber, which houses the tooth’s nerves, blood vessels, and living tissue. When this part of your tooth is damaged, it sends pain signals to your brain. Root canal treatment removes the infected tooth pulp and replaces it with a filling.

Root Canal in South Austin

If you have a cavity, have the tooth decay treated before it spreads to your tooth pulp. An experienced dentist in endodontic treatment, Dr. Van Wicklen can help restore your dental health. To schedule an appointment contact our South Austin dentist office at (512) 448-3131.