Root Canals Specialist
Dr. Juli Eivens and Dr. Jennifer Laubach of Advanced Smiles Dental, P.A. are leading providers in root canal treatment for patients with decayed or damaged teeth. This is a very safe and common procedure. This treatment removes the decay and restores the tooth, thus avoiding the need for an extraction. The doctors offer this service to all patients in Austin, Texas and the surrounding area. Call or schedule your dental appointment online at Advanced Smiles Dental, P.A. Our practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.
Root Canals Q & A
What is a root canal?
Root canal therapy is a dental procedure recommended when the interior of the tooth is compromised due to damage or decay. During the procedure, Dr. Eivens or Dr. Laubach treats the damaged tissue inside the tooth to prevent further infection and reduce pain.
What happens during a root canal?
During a root canal, Dr. Eivens or Dr. Laubach begins by administering an anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Once the patient is numb, the doctor uses special tools to reach the inside of the tooth and remove the damaged tissue. After Dr. Eivens or Dr. Laubach removes the decay and damaged tissue, they will use a special material to fill the spaces in the tooth and stabilize it for permanent restoration. Because this process weakens the tooth, the doctors recommend a crown to protect the tooth from further damage.
Why is a root canal better than an extraction?
When a tooth is severely damaged, Dr. Eivens or Dr. Laubach often recommends a root canal in order to avoid tooth loss. Although extraction alleviates the patient’s pain, having a missing tooth causes other oral health problems. When a tooth is missing, the patient suffers bone loss. The other teeth also may shift to fill the empty space leading to additional problems. A root canal preserves the natural tooth thus preventing all of these issues.
Is a root canal painful?
The doctors administer anesthetic to prevent pain during the root canal procedure. Call or schedule your root canal at Advanced Smiles Dental, P.A. Our practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.