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Root Canals Specialist

Serenity Dental -  - General Dentist

Serenity Dental

General Dentist located in Austin, TX

Getting a root canal may never be a pleasant experience but remember you’re saving a tooth that could still last your whole lifetime. At Serenity Dental in Austin, Texas, Dr. Brinda Nair and her staff offer many dental services, including root canals and tooth extractions. Dr. Nair encourages residents of Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities to visit the facility for all of their dental health needs.

Root Canals Q&A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure in which the nerve is removed from the root of a tooth. If an abscess occurs and the nerve becomes infected, Dr. Nair may need to remove the nerve to save the tooth.

During a root canal, Dr. Nair will drill through the top of the tooth and completely remove the nerve. The canal will be thoroughly cleaned to eliminate any possible infection that may be left behind.

Once Dr. Nair prepares the canal, she’ll fill it with a composite material and place a temporary crown over the top of the tooth that will allow it to heal. After a few weeks, a permanent crown will be put in place.

Can a tooth become infected after a root canal?

There are times when Dr. Nair may need to perform a second root canal. The root is made of a porous material that has tiny channels that run throughout it. If a nerve becomes infected, the bacteria can travel throughout those small channels making it tough for Dr. Nair to remove all of it. If any bacteria is left behind, there's a chance that the root canal may have to be repeated, especially if it has started to damage other areas of the tooth.

If too much of the tooth has been damaged, another root canal may not correct the problem. In this case, Dr. Nair may have to extract the tooth.

What happens after the root canal?

After a root canal, Dr. Nair will attach a temporary crown to the top of the tooth to protect it. She’ll also take an impression of your teeth to be sent off to a lab where your permanent crown will be created for you. Usually, within a couple of weeks, your crown will be ready and you’ll come back to see Dr. Nair. At this appointment, your permanent crown will be cemented into place. Dr. Nair will clean up any excess cement and check your bite to see if it’s comfortable. Even after this appointment, your bite may need a follow-up adjustment, so call the office at Serenity Dental and they’ll get you in as soon as possible.

Insurance

We accept most dental insurance. Here is a short-list of some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Delta Dental
MetLife
United Healthcare