Are you looking for the best San Marcos root canal dentist? Say no more. At AquaSprings, we pride ourselves on exceptional talent and superior equipment. Here, we play in a different league. Our dentists have mastered advanced techniques to provide the best treatment possible.
At AquaSprings, we don’t make mistakes. We fix them.
If you’re tired of having mediocre experiences, you’re in the right place. You won’t be the first patient to be star-struck by our performance, and surely not the last! Give your teeth the love they deserve, and schedule an appointment with our root canal dentists in San Marcos, TX.
What is a Root Canal Specialist?
Root canal dentists (endodontists) are dentists with 2-3 years of specialized training. “Endodontist” comes from the Greek “inside the tooth.” They specialize in endodontic procedures such as dental implants, root canal treatment, endodontic surgery, etc.
Signs you Need a Root Canal Treatment.
Root canal infections can be painfully obvious (no pun intended) or subtly discrete. You could have a root infection without knowing! Regular check-ups are vital to preventing early problems (such as cavities, which can lead to root canal infections). With the power of X-rays and our advanced equipment, we can quickly identify issues and act early.
On the other hand, you may come into our office with quite a toothache! Some noticeable symptoms of a root canal infection include:
- A swollen gum area. In this case, root infection has seeped through the roots and infected the gums. Gums may be swollen, inflamed, sensitive, and have mysterious bumps.
- Discolored teeth. Many things can cause a discolored tooth, and an infected root canal can be one of them!
- A chipped or cracked tooth. Once you expose the dental pulp to oral bacteria, it’s only a matter of time before it gets infected. Although tooth bonding may fix the crack, sometimes it may happen too late.
Can a General Dentist do a Root Canal?
Yes! Dentists have been fully trained and can perform root canal treatments.
Root Canal Treatment Step-by-Step
Root canals may seem complicated, but they’re not. With four easy steps, we can remove the infection, reseal the tooth, and send you back home with a healthy smile. The process looks like this:
- Diagnosis. We first confirm you have a root canal infection. We’ll see what’s happening inside your teeth with advanced X-rays and dental equipment. Once we make a diagnosis, we move to the next step.
- Setup. Your experience matters to us. That’s why we use our favorite local anesthetic to prevent any (and all!) pain. Our dentists will set up a rubber dam inside your mouth to seal the tooth entirely.
- Drill. When we perform a root canal treatment, we remove the infected root pulp. The pulp is a bundle of nerves and tissue inside the tooth that, once infected, causes a lot of pain! We’ll drill through the enamel and remove this inflamed tissue. Once we clean and disinfect the area, we’ll fill the area with rubber.
- Fill and cap. Depending on the situation, we’ll either fill the tooth’s hole or crown it like the King/Queen you are.
At the end of the process, our patients smile with whiter- and healthier- teeth.
How Safe is a Root Canal Procedure?
Super safe! Also known as “endodontic therapy,” it’s one of the safest and most successful dental procedures. With 15 million root canals performed yearly, it’s hard to question its efficiency. While mild discomfort can occur after a successful procedure, it’s common and lasts only a few days.
At AquaSprings, our dentists are clinically trained and understand the procedure.
At AquaSprings Dental, you’re in professional hands.
How Common are Root Canals?
Very common! With over 15 million done yearly, the average dentist performs multiple weekly. Here in San Marcos, we contribute to the 15 million yearly root canal treatments with exceptionally trained dentists, the best tools available, and a genuine love for white smiles.
What Should I Expect after a Root Canal?
It’s normal for the tooth to be sensitive a few days after a root canal. Asides from taking a few precautions (such as not eating when the mouth is still numb), life generally goes on the same.
If pain persists in rare situations, contact us here.
Do’s and Don’ts After Having a Root Canal
While our dentists do the hard work, your hand certainly helps! The longevity and success of a root canal are affected by your actions. For best results, keep these tips in mind:
- Chew on soft food (porridge, yogurt, rice, etc.) until we set in the crown.
- Attend regular check-ups as directed.
- If prescribed antibiotics, take them.
- Brush and floss gently. Don’t agitate your teeth more than necessary.
- Contact us with questions or concerns.
- Don’t bite, chew, or strain the treated tooth until we’ve restored it with a filling or crown.
- If prescribed antibiotics, refrain from smoking and alcohol.
- Don’t eat until the numbness has worn off.
- Don’t delay a permanent filling for the crown.
Common Questions After a Root Canal:
How Long do Root Canals Last?
A long time! According to this study done by the Journal of Endodontics, root canals generally last:
- 98% after one year
- 92% after five years
- 86% after ten years
What Happens if my Root Canal Fails?
No worries! While rare, natural causes such as coronal leakage, additional tooth roots, a crack, or root perforation may occur. Our dentists have trained for these situations and can fix them whenever you drop by.
What Sets AquaSprings Dental Apart from Other Dentists?
While our reviews speak for themselves, it’s not a secret we’ve recruited international talent to bring the best dental practices to San Marcos, Texas! We take great pride in our work. We spare no expense. Our office is a clean, safe place where professionals can treat your teeth with exceptional care and professionalism.
The Best San Marcos Root Canal Dentist
We don’t like to brag, but we have the best root canal dentists in San Marcos! Let’s learn more about these exceptional dentists and what makes them so great:
Dr. Alexandra Aponte
We love Dr. Aponte! She graduated from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston with a Doctoral Degree. Dr. Aponte accepted a General Practice Residency in the nation’s capital at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital. During her residency, she completed extensive training in advanced practices such as implant therapy, surgical techniques, and modern-day restorative procedures.
Dr. Cohl Brazil
Dr. Brazil is a force of nature. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) and completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) in San Antonio. Dr. Brazil completed the Preceptorship in Dental Implantology at the UT Health Science Center and received extensive training in advanced dentistry.
Dr. Maaheen Khali
Dr. Khali is one of our favorites- an international prodigy from Toronto, Canada. Known for her reading, drawing, and traveling, Dr. Khali is the communicative heart of AquaSprings Dental and is always willing to answer any (and all!) patient questions. With Dr. Khali in the office, you won’t want to leave.
Your San Marcos Root Canal Dentist!
With the best dentists in San Marcos, why wait? A root canal should never stress you out, not with our expertise around the corner. Our dentists have trained their entire lives for this moment! Drop by, say hi, and let us make you smile.