Root Canal Treatment
If you are experiencing pain when chewing, sensitivity to hot and cold, and swollen gums, you may be suffering from an infected tooth.
At 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, Drs. Mike Meek and David J. Tasch can provide relief through gentle, precise root canal therapy.
Once the infection has been treated, we can place a lifelike dental crown to repair your tooth and restore natural aesthetics and function.
Understanding the Root Canals What You Should Know About the Anatomy of Your Teeth
"Root canal" is commonly used to refer to the treatment of an infected tooth, but it more accuratlely describes the anatomy of a tooth. Let's go over what the root canals are and what dentists and endodontists mean when they say "root canal infection."
What Are the Root Canals?
Beneath the enamel and dentin layers of a tooth is a chamber filled with pulp. This dental pulp is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The root canals (also known as pulp canals) lead from the pulp chamber into the jawbone.
What Is a Root Canal Infection?
A root canal infection occurs when bacteria reaches the dental pulp and spreads through the root canals. Bacteria can reach the inside of a tooth due to untreated cavities or oral trauma that leads to a major chip or crack in a tooth.
How Root Canal Treatment Works
Root canal treatment involves the removal of diseased pulp from an infected tooth and the sterilization of the pulp chamber and root canals. The pulp chamber is then filled with an inert material called gutta-percha. Lastly, a dental restoration such as a crown is used to cap the tooth and protect it from further harm.
Why You Should Seek Immediate Root Canal Treatment
Besides easing pain, early root canal treatment can prevent bacteria from spreading beyond the pulp chamber and root canals into the jawbone and bloodstream. In addition to preventing the spread of bacteria through the body, a root canal can also save the affected tooth from extraction.
Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?
Many patients are under the impression that root canal therapy is painful. However, it is typically a straightforward process that causes no more discomfort than a filling. Additionally, we offer sedation dentistry to help patients relax during treatment.
Making Top-Quality Care Accessible With Fair Financing Options
Dr. Tasch and Dr. Meek prioritize your wellbeing — and won't settle for lower-quality care. By not accepting dental insurance, we are free to offer superior materials, techniques, and technology. Of course, we still believe in making treatment as affordable as possible. That's why we accept low-interest or even no-interest financing from reputable lenders like CareCredit®.
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I love Dr. Tasch and this practice. Dr. Tasch truly listens, and I'm so lucky to have found him. Everyone at 38th Street is so professional and kind. They always listen to my concerns, and give me the BEST treatment plan, that I can afford.View on Google
Great customer service at all times. They are always very nice and on top of what I need. I used to be terrified of going to the dentist when I was growing up, but the entire team at 38th Street Dental made me forget about that fear. They all are awesome!View on Google
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Making Difficult Dental Care As Easy as Possible
"I was able to get an appointment on short notice for dental emergency. Dr Meek as usual performed a thorough examination and diagnosed the problem. His assistant was very kind and performed XRAY’s which pointed the problem. I have to say that the entire office staff is very friendly and professional and that the phrase 'I hate to go to the dentist' doesn’t apply here." Francisco Rodriguez, 2023
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The Root Canal Therapy Process
Our team can provide the timely, thorough care you need to protect your oral health and prevent the need for extraction.
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Your time is valuable, especially when it comes to root canal treatment. You can prepare for your visit ahead of time by filling out our patient forms in advance.
"I wouldn't consider going anywhere else!" Hear from Actual Patients in Austin, TX
Great dentistry! I have been a patient for over 20 years, and I wouldn't consider going anywhere else! Great dental chair side manner as well as a great view from window that I’m sure no other dental office has. I even referred my neighbor here for cleanings, and my neighbor now loves getting her teeth cleaned here after 20 years of avoiding other all other dental offices.View on Google
I am new to Austin and had severe tooth pain one night. They were able to get me in the next day! The doctor went through every step to figure out which one of my teeth was actually causing me pain. He didn’t quit after X-rays and one test to tell me “you’re fine” he believed me and found the root cause (pun intended)! If you’re looking for a new dentist look no further!View on Google