Root Canals Specialist

Key City Dental Studio

Karen Key, DDS

General Dentist located in Abilene, TX

A root canal may sound like a frightening idea, but it can be done comfortably and may help to save your smile and improve your dental health. Karen Key, DDS, of Key City Dental Studio, located in Abilene, Texas, offers quality root canals, as well as sedation during the procedure. A root canal can help save your natural teeth and prevent complicated dental problems. For a consultation about having a root canal, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Key today.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

Root canal is the term used for the hollow space inside your tooth, as well as an oral surgery performed when a tooth is decayed or unhealthy and is at risk for spreading infection. The root canal procedure removes the pulp and nerve from inside your tooth.

The pulp and nerve of your tooth lie within the root canal and naturally serve to nourish and give feeling to your tooth. Your tooth can survive without this material and may be healthier when removal is complete. Once the pulp and nerve are removed, a specialized material is used to fill the space left behind, which seals and protects the natural tooth.

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal is needed if the nerve or pulp of the tooth is damaged, infected, or inflamed. Dr. Key at Key City Dental Studio performs a root canal if you have dental problems, such as:

  • Tooth abscess
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Cracked, chipped, or broken tooth
  • Repeated infections

By removing the material from the inside of your tooth, this prevents the spread of infection and decay to other parts of your mouth. A root canal on one tooth could protect many teeth from complications and the need for more complex treatments.

What can I expect during my root canal?

During a root canal at Key City Dental Studio, you are under comfortable sedation. Dr. Key and her team strive to make your experience as painless as possible while working effectively and efficiently. It’s important to know that a root canal procedure is not painful; it’s the infection or damage to the tooth that causes pain and discomfort. A root canal will put an end to the pain and restore your oral health.

Dr. Key first numbs the area around the damaged tooth. Then, she drills a small hole into the tooth, removes the pulp and nerve from inside the root canal, and then thoroughly cleans the inside of the tooth using a specialized solution. Either the same visit or after your infection has had time to heal, Dr. Key fills the empty space with a sealant that protects the integrity of the tooth.

In some cases, Dr. Key may place a crown over the tooth. If this is needed, she may take an impression of your teeth at the same time as your root canal, and you return later to have your crown placed.

For a consultation about how a root canal can improve your dental health, call or schedule an appointment with Key City Dental Studio.