Root Canal Specialists in Greater Austin

In order to preserve teeth that have been compromised due to an injury or infection, root canals are an essential procedure for endodontists. The dentin or the pulp which are located inside your tooth may become infected due to tooth decay if left untreated or if an injury made your inner tooth become exposed to bacteria. Having a root canal done can remove signs of a tooth infection, reduce dental pain, and keep the tooth structure healthy. 

Here at Optima Dental surgery center, we know how important it is to keep your smile looking healthy. This is why we provide root canal therapy here in the greater Austin area. We have multiple locations to make sure you are able to get the highest level of care nearest you.

Austin’s Top Endodontist Provides Comfortable Root Canal Therapy 

The team at Optima understands that the prospect of getting a root canal treatment can be anxiety-inducing for some patients. Root canals have an inaccurate and unfortunate stereotype which makes them appear as if they are uncomfortable procedures. The truth is, however, in skilled hands, your root canal can be painless and gentle.

Our Austin endodontist helps fearful patients who have a hard time bringing themselves to a dental office feel at ease.  We take steps to alleviate your concerns, help limit stress and allow patients to feel relaxed.  We offer high-quality, patient-focused endodontic services in a warm and friendly environment.

Root Canals for Dental Pain Management

If you have a painful tooth infection, root canal therapy alleviates discomfort. You can come into our office with a damaged tooth and leave in full comfort. When it comes to treating pain caused by dental infection, we care for the whole patient, not simply individual teeth.

We can also help patients successfully manage pain associated with infection and severe dental trauma the same day, in the event of an emergency scenario which can include any of the following:

  • Fractured Teeth
  • Avulsed (knocked-out) Tooth
  • Sudden Toothache

We ensure that our patients do not have to spend undue time in a state of discomfort. Our same-day emergency root canal services allow you to address immediate treatment for your dental health needs and get out of pain as soon as possible. 

Tooth Pain or Infection? Learn More about Gentle Root Canal Treatment

Optima Dental Surgery Center provides a soothing environment, where patients can access the endodontic care they need. To learn more about our Austin root canal services, contact our endodontic office today for your consultation.

Learn About The Root Canal Treatment Process

Frequently Asked Questions for Root Canals

What is Endodontics?

Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that deals with the complex structures found inside the teeth. The Greek word “Endodontics” literally means “inside the tooth,” and relates to the tooth pulp, tissues, nerves and arterioles. Endodontists receive additional dental training after completing dental school to enable them to perform both complex and simple procedures, including root canal therapy.

Historically, a tooth with a diseased nerve would be removed immediately, but endodontists are now able to save the natural tooth in most cases. Generally, extracting the inner tooth structures, then sealing the resulting gap with a crown restores health and functionality to damaged teeth.

What are the signs and symptoms of endodontic problems?

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold items
  • Gums are irritated and tender
  • Inflammation
  • Teeth discoloration
  • Random pain near the lymph nodes.

What are the reasons to see an Endodontist?

You should only see an endodontist if recommended by your dentist in order to save your natural tooth from decaying. Most dentists would agree that there is no substitute for restoring your healthy, natural teeth.

What are some main causes of inner tooth damage?

Here are some of the main causes of inner tooth damage:

  • Bacterial Infections: Oral bacteria is very common to an endodontist to see when a patient has tooth decay or has had any injuries. With the decaying and or injury of the tooth, it creates tiny fissures for bacteria to travel into which can result in inflammation of the gums causing an absence to form.  
  • Fractures and Chips: If a large portion of your tooth has fallen off, root canal therapy would be recommended if required by the endodontist. When it comes to the removal of the crown portion it may be painful because it is leaving your pulp portion exposed, which can be problematic. 
  • Injuries: When it comes to injuries they are direct or indirect blows to the mouth region. Depending on the impact of the injury, it can cause a tooth to become luxated, or dislocated from it’s socket. Once the endodontist finds the solution to helping the tooth after the injury, a root canal therapy procedure may be recommended. 
  • Removals: If you are ever in a situation where your tooth was cleaned out of their socket, we recommend you rinse the tooth and area before putting it back in place immediately. If you need assistance to put the tooth back into place then we recommend you place the tooth in a special dental solution (available at your local pharmacy) or in milk. By following these steps it will insure your tooth’s inner mechanisms are alive and moist while seeking dental emergency. The tooth will then be affixed in it’s socket while using a special splint and then the endodontist will then perform a root canal therapy to save the tooth. 

What does an endodontic procedure involve?

A root canal therapy takes about 1-3 visits of seeing your endodontist. X-rays are required of the whole mouth to be able to see where all your teeth are located before the procedure. A local anesthetic will be administered, and a dental dam (protective sheet) will be ensured so the dental tools don’t get covered in saliva during the procedure. There will then be an opening created on the surface of the tooth removing the pulp with small handheld instruments.

The space will then be shaped, cleaned, and filled with gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is a biocabatiable material similar to rubber. Once finished cement will be placed on top to ensure the root canal therapy procedure is sealed off completely. After treatment usually, a temporary filling would be put in place to restore functionality to the tooth prior to the permanent restoration procedure. On the final visit, a permanent restoration or crown would be placed.

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