When To See Us For A Root Canal

Your El Paso, TX, dentists use a root canal procedure to help treat infected or abscessed teeth. Treatment is crucial for preventing the loss of your tooth! But when should you see our team for treatment? How does a root canal help restore teeth and prevent serious complications? In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about endodontic treatment options!

The Dangers of a Persistent Toothache

A toothache that only lasts for a few hours and goes away completely could be caused by changes in elevation, cold air, or even allergy or sinus issues. But if the pain is persistent, then you could have a cavity. A dental cavity means bacteria reaches the sensitive inner layers of dentin, usually when poor oral hygiene or injury erodes or damages the outer enamel. An infection means bacteria reaches the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center. You may start to experience pain when biting down or chewing, headaches, fever, swelling near the aching tooth, or a discharge from the tooth itself. Treatment is crucial for avoiding tooth loss, as an untreated infection could eventually require the tooth to be removed to prevent the spread of infection to other teeth.

Root Canal Treatment

We begin treatment by administering a local anesthetic around the tooth. If you have anxiety, we could also discuss sedation. Next, we open the tooth to access and remove the infected tissues from within. We then clean the interior of the tooth and add a restorative filling to it. Finally, we cap the tooth with a custom-made dental crown, which covers the structure and protects it. The process takes one visit, and you may return for your final crown in a future date.

Will My Tooth Look Natural?

Yes! We often take steps to create the crown from materials like porcelain, which mimics the appearance of tooth enamel and can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth. We want you to feel proud to smile, so we tale steps to ensure your smile looks natural, whether we’re placing a filling, crown, performing a root canal, or even replacing a missing tooth with a bridge or dental implant. If you have any questions about treating an infected tooth, or about the root canal process, then contact our team today to learn more.


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team would like to return your smile to full function, health, and beauty. We can also discuss ways to help prevent the onset of future infections and safeguard your smile’s health and beauty. For more information on our restorative treatment options or to schedule your next consultation, contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.