Root Canals

For those who haven’t had one recently, the term “root canal” can strike fear into the hearts of dental patients. But the truth is that a root canal is no more uncomfortable than any other dental procedure, thanks in large part to advancements made in dental technology over the past several years. Just be sure that the dental care provider you choose for your root canal has experience in performing this procedure. Dr. Tiffee has successfully performed countless root canal procedures for his patients from throughout the Uvalde, TX, area, and he wants to remind you that a root canal is a routine procedure that is often the best way to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost altogether.

What is Involved in a Root Canal Procedure?

If you experience tooth decay that has spread to the pulp of the tooth, Dr. Tiffee may recommend a root canal procedure to save the tooth. After numbing the affected tooth and surrounding area inside the mouth, he’ll begin the procedure by removing the nerves and the pulp of the decayed tooth. After that, the tooth is completely cleaned and sealed off. Dr. Tiffee may also recommend that a crown be placed over the tooth to provide even more protection.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

Some people may need a root canal without experiencing any symptoms at all, but most people will notice one or more of the following signs indicating that they may need the procedure:

  • A severe toothache that gets worse when you bite down
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages
  • Swelling of gum tissue around a tooth
  • Tenderness of gum tissue
  • Darkening of a tooth
  • A sore on the gum tissue near a tooth



To learn more about root canals, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tiffee, contact our Uvalde, TX, office today.