How Do You Treat Smiles With Root Canal Therapy?

Despite the undeserved reputation root canal therapy has obtained, this is a very safe and comfortable procedure. In fact, many patients compare this procedure to receiving a simple dental filling. Your El Paso, TX, dentists may prescribe this procedure to treat infected or abscessed teeth, preventing tooth loss and putting a stop to uncomfortable symptoms.

The Root Canal Treatment Process

In infection may develop as a result of a severe cavity or possibly a cracked or broken tooth, all of which can expose the sensitive inner tissues to bacteria. When bacteria reach the pulp, your tooth’s nerve center, a painful infection or abscess could form. Unless treated, the tooth could essentially die and require extraction to prevent the spread of infection throughout your smile. Treatment begins with the administration of local anesthetic and possibly even sedation. We then open the tooth to remove the infected tissue from within. After we clean the interior of the tooth thoroughly, we will add a restorative material known as gutta percha. The final step is to create and place a crown.

Ensuring an Attractive Smile

We want to make sure your tooth looks natural and blends with the rest of your smile. To do so, we will take impressions of your smile and craft a crown from materials such as ceramic. A durable material, ceramic mimics the translucent nature of tooth enamel and cam be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth. Your crown will look natural, and be able to absorb bite forces and allow you to eat and speak without pain or difficultly.

Keeping Infections at Bay

In order to prevent further infections, you should take care to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and to floss every night before bed. These actions help prevent cavities by removing stray food particles. You should also see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can examine your smile and remove plaque buildup to protect the teeth. Finally, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which can often feed harmful bacteria. If you have any questions about avoiding infections, or if you have serious pain in one of your teeth, then please contact our team today. We’re here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and restore the health and beauty of your smile.


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team is ready to help you enjoy a stunning new smile in just one visit with root canal therapy. If you have questions about our restorative treatments, then you can reach our East El Paso dental practice on 10039 Dyer St., at 915-859-7000!