Does My Tooth Need A Root Canal?

In our last blog, we explained how cavities need treatment to avoid the onset of a dental infection. But what if your tooth does become infected? In order to prevent tooth loss and halt major discomfort, our team may suggest a root canal. When should you contact your El Paso, TX, dentists for a restorative root canal treatment?

The Warning Signs of an Infected Tooth

How do you know if a tooth has become infected? Well the common warning signs of an advanced cavity or an infection often include tooth sensitivity and toothaches. As the situation grows more severe, then pain when eating could arise, as could swelling near the tooth or a discharge from it. While the outer layer of enamel typically protects the teeth, when poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup weaken and erode enamel, a cavity could form. As the cavity spreads, it eventually reaches the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center, at which point an infection could develop. Don’t ignore these warning signs, talk to our team today!

Treatment with Root Canal Therapy

If we decide you need a visit, we will schedule your appointment to ensure you don’t share the waiting room with other people. Our team also cleans and disinfects commonly touched surfaces throughout the office in between each visit. Using advanced technology, we will examine your smile. If we find an infection, our team will open the tooth and remove the compromised tissues from within. We then clean the interior of the tooth and add a restorative filling material. The final steps involves creating and placing a crown that ensures an attractive appearance and a stop to your discomfort!

Tips to Strengthen Your Smile

To help limit the risk of cavities and other complications, we suggest brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes when you wake up and again before going to bed. You also need to floss each night before bed as well, and cut back on sugary foods and drinks. These actions help strengthen your oral health and lower the chances of complications. If you have any questions about our root canal treatments, or about the health and safety measures we follow to ensure the safety of our patients and team members, then contact our team today. We want to make sure you and your family continue to care for your smiles and enjoy good oral health during this time!


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team employs restorative dentistry and emergency care to help improve oral health and smile function. For more information on addressing serious oral health concerns, then contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.