Root Canal Therapy in El Paso, Texas
At the dental office of Walter L. Tippin DDS, Paul Apilado DDS, Inc, we know that hearing you might need a root canal can feel scary. But at our dental office in El Paso, we are here to comfort, educate, and treat you. Root canal treatment can improve your quality of life by preventing tooth decay and infection.
What you think of as a root canal is known as a pulpectomy by dental healthcare specialists. The procedure treats the root canal of your tooth when it is infected. When bacteria enter the connective tissue in the root canal, it can cause pain and discomfort in the form of swelling, feeling pressure on your tooth, or a toothache. The infection is known as pulpitis, hence why root canal therapy is called a pulpectomy. The infected pulp could have a variety of causes, including but not limited to cavities, tooth decay, or trauma.
If you experience swelling, sensitivity to sweet foods, temperature sensitivity, or pain, you may want to call our office to have our qualified team of dentists, and dental assistants check for cavities, tooth decay, or infection. If we find a damaged tooth, we may suggest that you undergo a root canal procedure. During the pulpectomy, the infected root canal is taken out, and the remaining area is cleaned and then sealed.
Due to modern technology and methods, a root canal is not more painful than any other dental treatment. The tooth and surrounding area are anesthetized before the procedure so that you feel no pain. After the procedure, it is normal to feel mild pain or discomfort but no acute pain or symptoms.
The recovery period for a root canal procedure is minimal. Many patients are able to return to their daily activities on the same day as undergoing a root canal treatment. Over-the-counter pain medications can help you get back to your routine as quickly and efficiently as possible. Make sure to ask your dentists which medicines are best for you to avoid any counter-effects. It is important to listen to your dentist’s after-care recommendations, but it is best to generally avoid sipping through a straw, drinking sodas or soft drinks, and hot meals immediately after having a root canal done.
Our team of dentists and staff at the office of Walter L. Tippin DDS, Paul Apilado DDS, Inc, are happy to answer any questions you may have. Call our office for a regular check-up or a consultation if you experience any symptoms or pain to schedule an appointment. We hope to provide comforting, quality care to dental patients in the El Paso area.