Even with an excellent dental care routine, dental problems can still occur. When your tooth is traumatized or infected, the best person to consult for expert care is an endodontist. An endodontic will offer you a comprehensive diagnosis of your condition and determine the most suitable treatment plan. For an endodontic specialist in San Antonio, TX, contact Rick Schwartz, DDS or Rick Davis, DDS at Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio who will provide you and your family the necessary help to continue maintaining functional and healthy smiles. If you are seeking top-quality endodontic care, call or schedule an appointment online today.

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of traumatized, infected, or painful teeth. The tooth interior contains a dental pulp, comprising nerves and blood vessels that allow one's teeth to feel cold and hot sensations. Tooth decay may penetrate the dentin and enamel and reach the pulp, causing infection and pain. Besides, trauma can crack or break the tooth, thus exposing the pulp, causing pain and possible tooth loss. Endodontic care eliminates the decay and other infected parts in your tooth and seals it against future infection or decay.

Why would you require endodontic care?

Some of the common signs of an endodontic issue that would necessitate endodontic care include swelling of the soft tissue in the chin, cheek, or near the affected tooth, pain while chewing or applying pressure on the tooth, sensitivity while drinking hot or cold beverages or foods, and discoloration that fails to respond to conservative teeth whitening. Some patients might have a 'silent' infected tooth that shows no symptoms, but the infection is seen using an X-ray. Endodontic care can help you avoid tooth loss and maintain your smile.

What to Expect During a Root Canal Treatment

Once the condition is accurately diagnosed and the provider establishes that root canal treatment is the most suitable treatment option, your tooth is anesthetized to render it entirely numb. The doctor extracts the inflamed or infected pulpal tissue from your teeth inside. The pulp is extensively disinfected and later sealed using a biocompatible material.

Innovations have made the root canal treatment procedure more effective, painless, and quick. For patients who experienced difficulty numbing the treatment area, Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Davis will effectively administer local anesthesia to ensure ultimate comfort during the procedure. For some patients, a crown is recommended following treatment to support and protect the treated tooth.

What is the after-care following the root canal treatment? 

Following the endodontic care procedure, the numbness will wear off after some time, which causes some patients to experience slight tenderness for several days. The doctor recommends you avoid chewing with that tooth during this time. Others opt for over-the-counter anti-inflammation drugs to relieve the soreness. Nonetheless, one should continue brushing or flossing, but be careful with the treated tooth.

To sum up, when you have dental issues, it can affect your self-esteem, nutrition, and speech. Likewise, you may experience discomfort, and this could lead to low quality of life. The effective endodontic care at Endodontic Consultants of San Antonio helps you safeguard your oral health and enjoy a better life. For more information, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Author's Bio: 

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