Root canal treatment: Everything you need to know

Root canal treatment: Everything you need to know

The phrase ‘root canal’ brings fear to many individuals, but this is often simply because they do not completely understand what is involved in the treatment process. Our dental team at Edinburg Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing high quality and safe care through the use of procedures such as root canals. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know regarding root canal treatments.

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is actually a part of the tooth. It is located inside each tooth and holds the pulp, nerves, and other tissues. When the pulp becomes infected, a root canal treatment is needed. This can be caused by bacteria seeping through and infecting the protected area.

What is involved in a root canal treatment?

The first step is creating a hole in order to properly clean out the pulp. This involves removing everything inside the tooth and disinfecting it thoroughly so as to avoid future infection. Next, your dentist will fill the canal so as to seal it properly. Finally, they will place a restoration on top of the tooth. This step will help to strengthen the now weakened tooth. The majority of our patients’ first question is always, “How painful is it?”. The pain caused by the actual infection is the greatest. During the procedure, your dentist will supply you with an anesthetic in order to avoid discomfort. You may feel uncomfortable after the procedure, but ask your dentist about effective methods in combating this momentary pain.

Contact our dental office for more information on payment methods and plans available. We are eager to provide you with exceptional care to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Call us today to schedule your next dental exam!

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.