If you have toothache in McAllen, you may have an infected tooth, which is a serious oral health issue. If you don’t get help, such as root canal therapy at North Park Dental, your condition will only get worse, and you may end up losing your tooth. Get more details below, or contact us now to schedule a same-day appointment for root canal therapy in McAllen.
If you have an infected tooth, you will need a root canal. A tooth infection occurs when the outer layers of your tooth are destroyed, exposing the tooth “pulp,” which becomes infected by oral bacteria.
There are two primary causes of tooth infections. The first, and the most common, is untreated, extensive tooth decay. If you have a very large cavity that eats through the entire outer layer of your tooth and reaches the pulp, this will result in a tooth infection.
The second cause of tooth infections is dental trauma. If you crack a tooth biting a piece of ice or popcorn, or if you slip and fall and you break a tooth, this can expose the pulp to bacteria and result in an infection.
The process of root canal therapy is totally pain-free. Your mouth will be numbed, and we also offer sedation dentistry to keep you comfortable. You may experience some minor tenderness or a few days after your treatment, but this will go away quickly.
In fact, a root canal is the best way to get relief from the pain of a toothache, which is a common symptom of an infected tooth. Toothaches can be debilitating, and interfere with your ability to live your day-to-day life.
At North Park Dental, we use the latest technology and advanced techniques to eliminate infections from your teeth, but there is always a chance that the root canal treatment won’t fully eliminate the infection.
If this happens, you may need to come back for root canal “retreatment.” This process is similar to the original root canal process. Your crown or filling will be removed, and then your tooth will be opened up and cleaned again to make sure the infection has been removed.
Dr. Munoz may also take more x-rays to look for hidden issues that may have been missed the first time around. You may also need an “apicoectomy,” which is an endodontic surgery where the tips of the tooth root are removed to eliminate bacteria.
"I love being able to make a positive impact on my patients’ mood and self image."
– Dr. Muñoz