Root Canal or Dental Implant

A root canal treatment is used to save a severely infected tooth from further decay or even prevent damage to surrounding teeth that may result from the spread of infection. During a root canal procedure, damaged nerve tissue and bacteria inside the cavity of a tooth is thoroughly removed, cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection.

A few characteristics that may indicate a root canal treatment is in your future include inflamed or infected gums, toothache or pain when chewing, increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or darkening of a tooth.

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How is an infected root canal treated?

First, an x-ray is taken to determine the root canal’s state and to check if the surrounding bone is infected. A local anesthesia is then used to numb the tooth and surrounding area. To keep the area around the tooth dry, a rubber dam is placed around the tooth, sealing out saliva and other liquids.

Next, an access hole is drilled into the infected tooth. Using special dental tools, your dentist then removes the decayed nerve tissues and other contaminants including bacteria and debris from the tooth. A series of root canal files are used to clean out the cavity. The sides of the root canal are also cleaned. Water or a cleaning solution may be used to clear away debris several times throughout the procedure.

Depending on the degree of infection, medication may be implanted into the tooth cavity to remove any lingering bacteria, pulp, or debris. If medication is needed, a temporary filling is used to seal out contaminants until a permanent seal can be placed at a second appointment the following week. If the cavity is sufficiently clean, a permanent seal can be placed on the same day as your procedure.

The permanent seal called gutta-percha, which is comprised of paste and rubber, is placed inside the root canal. A filling is also placed on the exterior access hole to keep out harmful bacteria, foods, and other contaminants.

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Other measures for restoring the tooth:

Additional measures may be required to restore the full health and function of the tooth after root canal treatment, depending on the extent of damage to the tooth. A crown or other dental appliances may be placed atop the tooth to secure and protect it from further damage in the future. Before your treatment, we will go over all the steps, expenses, and options with you in our office, as well as answer any questions you may have.

If you are experiencing tooth pain or any of the symptoms listed above, give us a call at 512-777-4255. We’ll be happy to assist you in getting back your healthy smile!

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Dr. Le and the entire staff at Elite Dentistry are fantastic. I was recently told by another dentist that I needed to have two crowns replaced with dental implants. After reading so many great reviews online (including my insurance's website), I went to see Dr. Le. After a comprehensive analysis, Dr. Le explained that we could replace my current crowns and keep my natural teeth, which is always the ultimate goal.

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Elite Dentistry is a fantastic dental clinic that makes you feel comfortable from the moment you walk in the door. Their service is outstanding and the staff is superb. The work they perform is life changing. If you want a dentist who is passionate about what they do, competitive in price, and who doesn't skip quality this is your place. If you take the opportunity visit Elite Dentistry you will be impressed.

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Donald Denson
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I just had my first consult with Dr. Michael Le. Very friendly staff. If you are cold in his office be sure ask for a blanket. It was warm, soft and comfortable. Looking forward to following my treatment plan. Thank you Elite Dentistry for accepting me as a new patient. It is nice to have a great dentist close to home.

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The name says it all. Elite Dentistry truly is the most Elite dentist office in Austin, and the best that I've ever been too. The staff is amazing and super courteous,prices are insanely fair and competitive, and Dr. Bowser is the only dentist I trust with my teeth. If you need a new dentist or a change from your current, DEFINITELY use Elite Dentistry!

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I’ve never been one to enjoy going to the dentist but I had such an awesome experience with Dr. Michael Le!! He is super easy to talk to and doesn’t pressure you/ make you feel awkward! So happy I found Elite Dentistry. :)

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