The Tooth Doctor
Nukala Hari Reddy, DDS
Emergency Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in North Central, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Hari Reddy is a board-certified dental surgeon who specializes in root canals and many other dental procedures. The dentist and his staff at The Tooth Doctor serve the residents of San Antonio, Texas and many nearby communities in Bexar County.
Root Canal Therapy Q & A
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is performed when the root of a tooth becomes severely infected or abscessed. During the procedure, the dentist removes the nerve within the root of the tooth and replaces it with another material. Once the bad area of the root and nerve is gone and the cavity filled, the dentist will seal the tooth and put a protective, temporary cap over the top. Once the area has completely healed, the patient will return and the dentist will put a permanent crown over the tooth to prevent it from being broken or damaged over time. Root canals can be extremely painful, but once the procedure has been completed, most of the discomfort is gone permanently.
Why are Root Canals so Uncomfortable?
An infected root can go deep into a person's jawline. The nerves of the tooth are inside the root. When the root becomes infected or inflamed, the nerves send pain signals to the brain. The longer the infection is allowed to remain in the root, the more extreme the pain will get. During a root canal, the nerve is removed as well as any of the damaged root. The face and mouth contain a large abundance of nerves that all affect the mouth. Unless the infection or abscess is addressed, it can quickly spread throughout the mouth and eventually make its way into the ears.
How Long Does a Root Canal Take to Heal?
A root canal procedure will heal rather quickly if it is properly cared for. It may take up to a week to eliminate any infection that may have been present prior to the root canal. Once it has been taken care of, the healing of the tooth and any nearby tissues that may have been affected will only take a few, short days. After the procedure, the dentist will provide the patient with a list of instructions to help the healing process go as quickly as possible. The doctor will check the progress and, within a few weeks, a permanent crown will be used to cover the top of the tooth and prevent any more damage to the root.
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Words from our patients
"This Dentist will speak very clearly and directly to you, one to one. If you need a dentist, go here. You will be treated right."
"Love the whole staff. They are wonderful. They have been my dentist for many years. And will continue. I try to refer patients here when I can."
"I love the tooth dr. the staff is amazing they always ask about how my family is doing and i never feel rushed. I can not say enough great things about them!"
"Everyone is professional, friendly, caring and efficient. We can't say enough good things about The Tooth Doctor. Thank you!"
"The Tooth Doctor gives excellent care in a clean and very friendly environment. Dr. Reddy is kind and gentle. His office staff and assistants are positive."
"Best dentist I have ever been to. Dr. Reddy answered all the questions I had about my procedure and did a great job."
Great Dentist and Staff. Always friendly and helpful. Never a pained visit.
"The Tooth Doctor is one of the best. He is gentle and the work is top notch! Two Implants...Dental fees are very reasonable"
"Used to hate going to the Dentist, but it is a breeze now."
"The best customer service I've experienced in any dental office..."
I was in yesterday to receive my new crown following a root canal procedure. Dr. Reddy provided a perfect, new tooth and the procedure was pain free, as always! Thank you
"Had my dentures fixed within two hours (quick trip to the lab) and just good people to be around."
"A crown fell out around 10pm and the next day by 1pm they had squeezed me into their schedule and re-cemented the crown like new."