Do I Need a Root Canal?

At Preferred Dental Center, patients ask, "my tooth hurts, do I need a root canal?" Toothaches can be terribly inconvenient. They make it difficult to eat, speak, or even function. As a family dentist in San Antonio, TX, we realize that a common toothache is something most people can live with until it suddenly turns a corner and becomes unbearable. The key is to visit our dental office at that initial stage before you reach the point of severe discomfort. This will give you the largest amount of options for how to treat the problem. To schedule an appointment with our family dental office, call (210) 255-2596.

My Tooth Hurts, Do I Need a Root Canal?

When to Call Our Emergency Dentist Office

If you have any of these symptoms, you should call our emergency dentist office at (210) 255-2596 and schedule an appointment to be seen right away.

  • Your face is swollen. In this scenario, you could have a severe infection and require an immediate root canal. As a San Antonio dentist near you, we can quickly examine and treat you.
  • You are having difficulty swallowing. In this case, you need to be treated by our emergency dentist office immediately. Do not delay or take any chances with this particular symptom. It is possible to develop a dental abscess, an infection that can spread from your root canal to the floor of your mouth and even into your neck. This requires urgent care.
  • You cannot bite down without pain. In this case, your tooth could be infected and require a standard root canal. If so, we can perform the procedure quickly.
  • Your tooth is changing color. Another sign of an infection is if the tooth begins to change color. In this case, it may appear gray or dull, and performing a root canal could be necessary for restoring the health of your tooth.

The Process of Performing a Root Canal

When patients call us asking, "my tooth hurts, do I need a root canal?" the second question they normally ask is what the process will be like. At Preferred Dental Center, we will answer any questions you may have during your examination and consultation. We can complete a root canal in a way that is as comfortable as possible. The reality is that a root canal does not have to hurt. In fact, by using sedation, we can help you feel calm and relaxed to the point that most of our patients say they feel much better after the treatment than they did before the treatment. The root canal removes the infection, which is the cause of the initial discomfort, to relieve the pain. When looking for a "dentist near me" to perform a root canal, be sure to visit one who offers sedation.

When performing a root canal in our family dentist office, we do the following:

  • Clean the tooth
  • Numb the area
  • Create a small hole in the tooth
  • Remove the infected portion
  • Clean the interior of the tooth
  • Seal it with a rubbery substance
  • Restore the tooth using a filling or crown

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A. Villarreal

Dr. Biaggi and his staff treat their patients like family. They are caring and kind, yet professional and meticulous when it comes to service. I have been a patient of Dr. Biaggi for 11 years and I continuously recommend him to everyone!

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Great Dentist and an awesome staff!!! If you need a dentist I would strongly recommend Preferred Dental Center. 👍🏽

Sybil G.

Dr. Biaggi was amazing. Dr. Biaggi came highly recommended by a great friend of mine. My anxiety kicked in during my visit and Dr. Biaggi calmed me down and walked me thru the root canal, which clearly showed the compassion and love he has to perform his best at what he loves to do, he had me calm my breathing which stopped my anxiety and fear of the dentist as a child and an adult has changed since my visit with Dr. Biaggi. I recommend Preferred Dental Center.
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