Sometimes a tooth can become so badly decayed that the pulp of the tooth becomes infected. In those situations, root canals are often recommended as a means of saving the tooth. While some patients may cringe at the thought of having a root canal, there’s really no need to. Root canal procedures are actually quite common relatively simple procedures, and are one of many dental services offered by Dr. Kaliher to his Austin, TX area patients.
Top Reasons to Visit Dr. Trey Kaliher General Dentistry for Root Canals
- The fees charged at our Austin, TX office are quite reasonable and comparable with other dental practices in this area
- Root canals are often a very effective means of saving a badly decayed tooth, and it’s important to do whatever is necessary in order to save your natural teeth
- Root canals can alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms that often come with infection, such as a severe toothache, headache, and/or sensitivity to cold and hot food and drinks
How to Know If You Need a Root Canal
While it’s true that you may need a root canal and experience no symptoms whatsoever, it’s much more common for people to experience at least some level of discomfort when a tooth is badly decayed. If the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, you might experience any or all of the following symptoms:
- A painful toothache that becomes worse when pressure is applied on the tooth
- A discolored tooth
- Swollen and/or painful gum tissue around the affected tooth
- Hot and cold sensitivity
What’s Involved in a Root Canal Procedure
A root canal will require two trips to our Austin, TX office. During the course of those visits, Dr. Kaliher will remove the nerve and the pulp from the decayed tooth. After that, he will completely clean the tooth and seal it. In some situations, he may recommend that a crown be placed over the tooth. Either way, the result is that the tooth will be fully functional once again since teeth don’t need either nerves or pulp to function normally.
Call Our Austin, TX Office Today
For more information about root canals, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaliher, contact our office today.