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Root Canals

root canalI am sure you have heard at least one horror story that began with, “So I had to have a root canal.” Pershing uses the latest in anesthesia techniques to get the tooth numb and put you at ease, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral and IV sedation. We also use advanced rotary techniques to clean, shape and seal the tooth.  When you need a root canal dentist here in El Paso, like I said in the tooth extraction section, we have lots of laughing gas, and we are not afraid to use it!

What exactly is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that is used to save a tooth that is badly damaged or infected.
The pulp, or living part of the tooth, is made up of nerves and blood vessels. It is contained in the pulp chamber, a space inside the center of the tooth which holds the pulp and extends into roots. It becomes infected or dies for a number of reasons:

  • Decay – bacteria causing tooth decay infects the pulp.
  • Trauma – a traumatic injury can cause an inflammation of the pulp.
  • Deep fillings – fillings that have to be placed close to the pulp chamber because of tooth decay or tooth fracture.
  • Unexplained – sometimes the pulp can become inflamed and can die for no apparent reason.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

  • Moderate to severe lingering toothache, which may be throbbing, when having hot or cold foods.
  • Pain when chewing or biting.
  • Toothache pain so intense it wakes you up at night.
  • Pain that starts in one tooth and spreads to other regions of the jaw or head e.g. an infected lower molar (back tooth) may cause you to feel pain in the ear!
  • Swelling on your gums which, when pressed, may release blood or pus.
  • Sometimes, however, there may be no symptoms.

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed from the “canal” inside of the root, which is then cleaned and sealed. If you have any further questions about Root Canals, contact us at our El Paso Dental Practice by either giving us a call or coming in, and we will make sure all of your questions are answered.