Root Canal Specialist

Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Corpus Christi, TX

Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious before the procedure. A root canal doesn’t have to be a stressful, uncomfortable experience when you visit the skilled dental team at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS. The accomplished dental group at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC does root canals on a daily basis in Corpus Christi, Texas. Call or book an appointment online if you’re worried about a root canal treatment.

Root Canal Q & A

Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

Do I need a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is meant to relieve pain and save your tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, the accomplished dentists at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, remove bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. This way, they can save your tooth and help ease your pain.

What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

If a damaged tooth or cavity goes untreated, roots and tissue within your teeth can become infected with bacteria. If you put off going to the dentist, the infected tissue may enter more deeply into the root or pulp of the tooth. If the infection worsens this can lead to many other issues, so make sure you seek help as soon as possible.

How can I recognize an infected tooth?

If you don't deal with an infected tooth right away, you'll be welcoming a great deal of pain in the future. You may experience these symptoms when you have an infected tooth:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Intense tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Halitosis
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

How does a root canal work?

Typically, one of the highly skilled dentists at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, can take care of your tooth in one or two visits. You may need X-rays taken so that the full extent of the tooth damage can be evaluated before the root canal is performed.

One of the dentists at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, use a needle to numb the region and make sure you don't feel anything during the procedure. Every now and then, he or she puts a dental dam, or a small film of rubber, on your tooth to keep it hygienic and shielded while the procedure is happening. Once your tooth is anesthetized, the dentist creates a tiny opening in your tooth to find and treat the area of infection in the root.

After this, your dentist will clear away the unhealthy and infected pulp, then irrigate the area with water to clean it. Once all damaged substance is extracted, your dentist will either place a temporary filling on your tooth or seal it for protection until you return to the office for your permanent crown.

Call Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, or book a consultation online if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.