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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.

What Are the Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection?

Cavities and dental trauma can cause the soft tissues within your tooth to become infected and inflamed. When this damaged pulp is left untreated, it can lead to significant discomfort as well as other serious health concerns. Symptoms can include:

Extreme Discomfort

When infection develops, you may notice a rapid onset of acute pain. While a toothache does not directly indicate root canal treatment is necessary, it is important to have an evaluation immediately.

Swollen Gums

As the tissues become more irritated, your gums may appear red and swollen.

Drainage or Pus

The appearance of pus around the gum line can occur when there is an abscess present. Some patients develop a fistula, or “gum boil” that will allow the infection to drain.

Bad Taste or Odor

If there is active discharge of pus, bad breath, or a bad taste in the mouth, this is an indication of a root canal infection.

Why You Should Seek Immediate Root Canal Treatment

When you are suffering from a cavity or a severely infected tooth, it is vital to seek treatment early for your comfort and lasting health. The bacteria can spread and extend beyond the end of the roots, affecting the jawbone and possibly reaching the bloodstream. 

Relieve Dental Pain Contact Us Today

If you are experiencing symptoms of a dental infection, schedule a visit with one of our dentists as soon as possible. We can diagnose root canal infections and perform treatment on the front teeth. If your molars are affected, we may refer you to a trusted endodontist. An endodontist has specialized training in this area of dentistry. Contact us online anytime to request a consultation or call our office in Austin, TX, at (512) 458-6222.

The Root Canal Therapy Process

Many patients are under the impression that root canal therapy is a painful procedure. However, it is typically a straightforward process that causes no more discomfort than a filling.
Our team can provide the timely, thorough care you need to protect your oral health and prevent the need for extraction.
Our team can provide the timely, thorough care you need to protect your oral health and prevent the need for extraction.

Numbing Solution

To numb your teeth and gums, we will provide local anesthesia. Drs. Meek and Tasch are dedicated to your comfort and can provide further sedation to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire procedure.

Accessing the Root Canals

Once you are comfortable, your dentist will gently access the affected root canals so we can remove the bacteria and pulp within these chambers. The pulp consists of soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels.

Sterilizing the Root Canals

After the infected tissues have been removed, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will sterilize and carefully widen the root canals of the tooth with specialized dental instruments.

Filling the Root Canals

This process allows us to fill the roots with a flexible, rubber-like dental material called gutta-percha that will maintain the internal structure of the tooth.

Dental Crown Placement

To rebuild the outside of the tooth, you will need a customized dental crown. We will provide a temporary while you heal from your procedure and wait for your final restoration to be created. Once your crown is complete, we can securely place it during your second visit to our Austin practice. This final stage will restore your full oral function and aesthetics.

"I almost fall asleep in the chair" Hear from Our Patients


Carolyn Cadena


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Love going to 38th Street Dental! Sadie, my hygienist has such a gentle touch, I almost fall asleep in the chair. Dr. Meek is great; I've been going to him for years. The office staff is also super and will readily assist me with any financial and insurance questions I might have.

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Mohan Rao


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Once again 38th Street Dental came through with flying colors. The plan was to get a temporary after tooth extraction in a few days but when Dr. Tasch found out that I was to attend a memorial service shortly he spent an hour putting a shorter term temporary then and there, without extra charge. That's above and beyond!

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38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, utilizes the latest proven technology to provide you personalized dental care. Dr. Meek and Dr. Tasch are members of local and national dental associations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Capital Area Dental Society

To schedule an appointment, call us at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online today!

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