Root Canal

Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates

Dental Clinics located in McAllen, Mercedes, and Penitas, TX

Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious over the procedure in anticipation. Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates want you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. The accomplished dental group does root canals on a daily basis in McAllen, Texas. Call or book an appointment online if you’re worried about a root canal treatment.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental treatment that saves and repairs an infected tooth. If your tooth becomes critically infected from the inside, one of the accomplished dentists at the practice takes out the bacteria and any dead or dying tissue. Doing so lets them get rid of your pain and preserve your tooth.


What can cause a tooth infection?

Tissue and roots inside of your teeth can get infected with bacteria due to injury to the tooth or from a cavity that remains untreated for too long. The infected tissue may enter the root or pulp of the tooth if you put off going to the dentist. Be sure to inquire about treatment, because if the infection gets any further, this can induce a host of other problems.


What does an infected tooth look and feel like?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. You may experience these symptoms when you have an infected tooth:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness while chewing
  • Intense tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum


What's involved in a root canal?

Typically, one of the highly skilled dentists at Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates can take care of your tooth in one or two visits. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

One of the dentists will use a needle to numb the region and make sure you don't feel anything during the procedure. Sometimes they place a dental dam, or a little piece of rubber, on your tooth to preserve its cleanliness and protect it from bacteria during the procedure. Once your tooth is anesthetized, the dentist forms a minuscule hole in your tooth to find and treat the area of infection in the root.

Then, your dentist uses small files to remove the damaged and diseased pulp and irrigates the area with water to wash away any debris. After all diseased matter is gone, your dentist either seals the tooth or inserts a non-permanent filling to shield the tooth until you return for a permanent crown.

If you have any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, call Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates or schedule a consultation online.