What Happens When We Receive A Root Canal?

Let’s say you experience pain when eating, or your tooth begins to ache, experiences swelling, or has a discharge. If this occurs, then you may need to have a root canal procedure. But what happens during this procedure and when should you see your El Paso, TX, dentists for a root canal treatment? In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about this common and valuable endodontic procedure.

Preparing Your Smile

Treating an infected tooth is crucial, as pain will grow worse until the tooth essentially dies, allowing infection to reach surrounding teeth and the jawbone, and also requiring the tooth to be extracted from your smile. Before treatment, we will answer any questions you may have and walk you through what to expect. Our team will then administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the infected tooth, and may discuss sedation for patients with severe dental anxiety. Once ready, we will start the procedure.

Removing Infected Tissue

To begin, we will open the tooth and carefully remove the infected tissue from within. Afterward, we will clean the inside of the tooth and the root canals. A special restorative material will be inserted into the tooth, known as gutta percha. Removing the infected tissue alleviates discomfort and prevents the onset of an abscess or the spread of infection. Now, we need to place a restoration to protect the tooth from further injury.

Restoring Your Tooth

Taking detailed impressions of your smile and your tooth, we will design and create a dental crown. A crown fits over the visible portion of your tooth, protecting it against cavities, infection, and cracks or chip. We can create them from a variety of materials, but when possible, we always opt for a lifelike option, such a ceramic. Not only is ceramic strong and durable, but the material can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth, allowing it to blend with your smile. Following the procedure, no one should be able to tell you’ve received treatment. If you would like to learn more about how we identify and treat dental infections, or if you would like to discuss preventive treatments to avoid the onset of these oral health concerns, then contact our team today. We love the opportunity to help families in El Paso, TX, enjoy optimal oral health!


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team is ready to address infections and abscessed teeth in as little as one visit in some cases. We don’t want you to risk losing a tooth altogether! If you have questions about our restorative treatment options, then please call our East El Paso location on N. Zaragoza Road at 915-849-9000!