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Root Canal in El Paso

If you are currently suffering from tooth sensitivity or pain, you might be in need of a root canal. The thought of root canal therapy might make some nervous, but you should know that technological advancement has made root canals easier and more affordable than in the past.

At East El Paso Dentist, our highly trained dental staff offers root canals for patients in El Paso who have a tooth infection. But, do you know exactly what a root canal is and if it is the right treatment for you? This article will explain the ins and outs of getting a root canal in El Paso, TX.

Root Canal in El Paso, TX

What is a Root Canal?

An endodontic treatment can save a severely decayed, cracked, or broken tooth when the pulp (nerve tissue in the root canal) has become inflamed or infected by bacteria. When not properly treated after a period of time, pain or a tooth abscess from an infection can result. Endodontic treatment is also called root canal therapy.

This root canal therapy is usually treated within one to two office visits, depending on the severity and amount of teeth affected. After our patient’s tooth restoration is complete, the tooth continues to function properly. With a good oral hygiene regimen and regular dental visits, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.

Root Canal With a Dental Crown

Your first visit for a root canal with a dental crown will entail getting impressions of your teeth, preparation of the tooth, removal of the tooth pulp, and then receiving a temporary crown. Between your first and second visit, we will have a custom crown specifically made for your bite and comfort while chewing.

What Are the Benefits of a Root Canal?

Pain Relief

The first benefit of a root canal is pain relief. A root canal will relieve the pressure from inflammation in the pulp of the tooth and allow patients to live their lives without pain again. The doctor will also immediately give you an anesthetic or prescription for pain relief if needed.

Get Rid of Infection

Another added benefit is that by treating the infection in the tooth through root canal therapy, our dentist can ensure that the infection won’t spread to the jawbone, brain, or circulatory system. There are many health problems that can arise in the body that originates from dental health issues. So, it’s important for you to get treatment now. Patients that receive a root canal will remove any infection expeditiously and typically recover completely from the treatment within 24 to 48 hours.

Save Your Natural Tooth

Saving your natural tooth through root canal treatment is almost always better than having it extracted. It will be a good investment in the long term for several different reasons.

Here are some long term complications that result from extractions include:

Avoid Bone Loss

If you have a tooth extraction and wait too long to get a dental implant, bone loss from the removed tooth might disqualify you from receiving a new tooth. After a tooth has been removed, the jaw bone begins to recede if a bone graft or dental implant has not been placed in the socket.

Save Money

If you decide to receive an extraction to save money, you will eventually pay higher costs than if the root canal procedure with a dental crown were done, to begin with. A dental implant or bone graft will eventually have to be placed. Complications from a missing tooth may lead to biting misalignments and bone recession. A tooth extraction instead of a root canal may seem the cheapest route sometimes, but it is usually a better long-term investment for your overall health.

Should I Get a Root Canal?

A tooth canal is usually necessary when the pulp inside the root canal of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. This could be the result of deep tooth decay,  a crack or chip, or an injury to your tooth which leads to tooth pain or abscess.

There are tell-tale symptoms indicating a need for a root canal such as experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration, swelling, or tenderness in your lymph nodes. You and the doctor will discuss these symptoms to discuss treatment options and see if you need root canal therapy to prevent further damage and to save a tooth.

Root Canal Procedure

Thanks to modern technology a root canal is safer and easier than ever. Our dentist needs to clean out the infected pulp and fill the canals to prepare the tooth for the crown. Patients usually will receive a temporary crown after the procedure on the first visit. Below are all of the steps need to complete the procedure.

Preparing the area

The dentist will begin by numbing the area where the tooth is with injections that are used to send the numbing agent into the gums and the tooth’s root. Once the tooth and area are numbed, the dentist will place a dental dam in the mouth. This dam isolates the tooth that needs the root canal and covers the rest of the teeth in the mouth.

Accessing and cleaning the roots

After preparation, the dentist will drill a hole through the top of the tooth to access the root canals and pulp chamber. The pulp chamber and root canal will be cleaned thoroughly cleaned out. An antibacterial and antiseptic solution is used to clean and disinfect the chamber and canals. This eliminates the bacteria and treats the infection located in the canals.

Shaping the canals

The dentist must place a filling in the root canals. First, the canals must be shaped. The dentist will use tiny instruments to shape the canals, so they will be ready to receive the filling material. Once shaped, the canals are cleaned a second time.

Filling the canals

The dentist will use gutta-percha to fill the canals. This rubber-like material is placed inside the canals and then heated. The dentist compresses it, so it fits snuggly against the walls. The dentist adds adhesive cement to further seal the canals. Properly sealed canals keep bacteria out.

Filling to the access hole

The dentist must also seal the hole made to access the canals. The filling prevents bacteria from entering the tooth. The dentist also might need to place a post in a canal to strengthen the tooth. This is only necessary if the tooth is severely damaged and cannot support restoration on its own.

Is a Root Canal Painful?

Does a root canal hurt? A root canal procedure sounds scary, but with today’s technology, it’s typically not a whole lot more different than having a deep filling. There’s little to no pain because your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your tooth and gums so you’re comfortable during the procedure

Root Canal Aftercare

It is natural to experience some sensitivity, swelling, and discomfort following the procedure.  This could last several days to weeks.

The local anesthetic you were given at the start of your treatment typically provides several hours of numbness.  You may experience tenderness and discomfort as the local anesthetic begins to wear off.  In most cases, this is easily treated with over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

If you’re worried about having a low pain threshold, discuss prescription options with our dentists.  If your pain worsens, prescription antibiotics may be necessary to address a possible infection.

Schedule a Root Canal Consultation Today!

Schedule a root canal consultation today by calling (915) 621-2880 or clicking the Schedule Appointment button above.

Dental Veneers for a New Smile!

Achieving your optimal smile can be accomplished in various ways including custom-made porcelain veneers from East El Paso Dentist. Our highly professional and friendly dental team has helped many people in West Texas do just that. This article will help you understand the different aspects of a smile makeover with new porcelain veneers!

Achieving your optimal smile with Dental Veneers in El Paso, TX
Dental Veneers in El Paso, TX

Porcelain Veneers in El Paso

Dental Veneers are thin, porcelain, tooth-colored shells that are permanently bonded by our highly skilled dentist to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. Each veneer is custom-made to create a natural-looking, perfect tooth that is matched to the color of your surrounding teeth. Porcelain veneers can be used for a single tooth and can also be applied to multiple teeth for your new smile makeover.  Many patients have received veneers to their top 8 teeth to improve the look of their smile through cosmetic dentistry.

A New Smile with Dental Veneers

A new smile makeover begins with a consultation with our dentist. You will discuss your smile goals with the doctor and they’ll go over your treatment options available to achieve them. If you decide porcelain veneers are the best option, you are then just two visits away from your new happy and healthy smile.

During the first visit and consultation, we take an impression of your teeth and smile. Your new custom-made veneers will be ready on your next visit, where you’ll return to our office for permanent placement. Our dentist will buff the enamel of the selected teeth and then they will attach the veneers using dental adhesive. The whole process will be fast and painless.

Healthy and Attractive Smiles

Our dental team features a number of cosmetic dentistry services to keep your smile healthy and shining bright. Call today to schedule your next dental exam and dental veneer consultation. As always you can feel free to ask about how our cosmetic and restorative services such as professional whitening, dental implants, and many more procedures that can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Schedule a Dental Veneer Consultation Today!

Call us at (915) 621-2880, or schedule an appointment in the menu above. We’re here to answer any of your questions and help you achieve the perfect, natural-looking smile!

Have You Avoided a Regularly Scheduled Dental Exam?

Most people know that they should receive a dental checkup every 6 months for good oral health, but some still fail to do so.  According to the ADA, 42% of American adults admit to not going to the dentist as often as they should, while 15%, unfortunately, say they made their last appointment because of experiencing tooth pain. By that point, there may be costly repercussions for not going to a regularly scheduled dental exam.

Dental Exams in El Paso, TX
Don’t avoid the dentist anymore!

In this article, we examine why dental exams are crucial for your health and why we shouldn’t let dental anxiety keep us from the dentist.

Dental Health for Over-All Health

Your oral health offers many clues about your overall health and that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?

Normally the body’s natural immune system, good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental exams keep your mouth’s bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene and dental visits every 6 months, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, some of which are linked to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers have found that periodontitis (the advanced form of periodontal disease that can causes tooth loss) is linked with other health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Gum disease is one of the most common chronic inflammatory conditions in the world, yet it’s often gone unnoticed until it’s too late. Ongoing inflammation in your mouth can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which may lead to more inflammation in other parts of your body, such as the heart.

Regularly scheduled dental exams greatly reduce the risk of bacterial inflammation that could lead to other health problems down the road.

Do You Suffer from Dental Anxiety?

If dental anxiety is severe and results in irrational fear and complete avoidance of going to the dentist, it can be technically classified as dental phobia. 

Avoiding dental exams can result in dental disease and a greater risk of needing emergency dental care or more complex treatments. Resulting in more costly dental visits that could have been avoided.

Regular dental check-ups and X-ray screenings can help you prevent dental disease and help our dentist find any problems early so that simpler and less invasive treatments can fix your oral health situation. 

Ways to Cope with Dental Anxiety

One of the greatest tools for overcoming fears is to have positive experiences negating those fears. To do that, it can be helpful to move beyond the anxiety. These tips can help you overcome, or at least manage, your dental anxiety, so you can get the oral health care you need for the sake of your dental and overall health.


Some coping techniques that can assist some patients include:

  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Distraction (such as listening to music or the use of TV screens)
  • IV Sedation

East El Paso Dentist is here to help you have positive dental experiences in our comfortable, clean, and friendly dental office. Our staff has been professionally trained to help ease your anxiety by being knowledgeable and professional. We can answer any questions you have about dental treatments and financial options.

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam!

Call us at (915) 621-2880 today or visit our Contact Us page to send us a message. Our professional dental team is highly trained in gum disease prevention which is more important now than ever!

Periodontal Disease & Covid 19 Connection

With Covid being such a prevalent topic in today’s media and news, it’s important to know that recent studies have shown a connection between gum disease (periodontitis) and the Corona Virus. It seems that not only is it important to cover your mouth, it’s also important that your mouth be healthy in order to prevent the spread of this pandemic.

The latest research and report, titled The Mouth COVID Connection” (MCC), found a disturbing link between the bacteria produced by swollen, red, bleeding gums and bone loss and COVID-19, which has claimed more than 650,000 lives and continues to baffle infection disease experts.

Covid Mouth Connection
Preventing gum disease is more important than ever!

Why You Should Be Concerned

The study found that hospitalised COVID-19 patients with high levels of IL-6 (Interleukin), a harmful protein produced by gum disease, were at significantly greater risk of suffering life-threatening respiratory complications. The MCC study suggests that COVID-19 patients with bad gums, are at risk of generating harmful levels of IL-6 proteins that spread to their lungs and, when combined with the COVID-19 virus, can trigger a life-threatening respiratory crisis.

MCC researchers describe the IL-6 protein as the chemical culprit that makes COVID-19 deadly. Produced by gum disease bacteria, the protein enters the bloodstream, often in large amounts, causing inflammation throughout the body but dealing a particularly devastating blow to lungs infected with COVID-19. One tiny, inflammatory protein robbed them of their ability to breathe!

What You Can Do to Prevent Periodontitis

Gum disease is usually painless and slow to progress, so it can easily reach an advanced stage before you notice anything wrong.

The daily removal of plaque through brushing and flossing as well as scheduling regular dental appointments for professional teeth cleaning are the best ways to minimize your risk for gum disease. Depending on your oral health condition, our dentist can design a personalized program of home oral care and scheduled teeth cleanings to help you prevent periodontitis.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Call us at (915) 621-2880 today or visit our Contact Us page to send us a message. Our professional dental team are highly trained in gum disease prevention which is more important now than ever!

Dentist In-Network With Tricare

Our dentist and team are thankful for our brave service members and their families. We value the opportunity to serve you, and we are honored to help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smiles you deserve. Therefore, we proudly accept TRICARE (United Concordia).

Dentist In-Network With Tricare in El Paso, TX

East El Paso Dentist also offers a 10% military discount. Our staff is happy to answer your questions regarding United Concordia TRICARE coverage for the treatment options that we offer.

TRICARE Dentist in El Paso

As a Tricare dentist in El Paso, we provide comprehensive family dentistry for kids, adults, and the elderly. We provide common services such as teeth cleaning, tooth extraction, teeth whitening, dental implants, as well as dentures.

East El Paso Dentist’s Tricare dental insurance program is available to all active duty family members, members of selected reserves, family members of the selected reserves, individual of ready reserve, unmarried children under age 21 or age 23 if full time college student.

Schedule an Appointment with a TRICARE Dentist!

Call us (915) 621-2880, or book an appointment on the menu above today! Our friendly staff is highly trained and ready to provide you and your family with the dental service you deserve.

$750 Affordable Dental Implants in El Paso, TX!

Dental Implants are the best option today to replacing of a tooth or bridge for those who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, severe dental injury. Dental implants provide a complete restoration of your entire mouth by replacing teeth and functioning just like your natural teeth.

Affordable Dental Implants in El Paso, TX
$750 Affordable Dental Implants in El Paso, TX

Dental Implants are rooted in the jaw, resulting in a strong, and durable foundation for a crown. The implant is made of titanium which is a biocompatible material that bonds to your jaw bone. Which means you’ll never have to worry about it falling out. The false tooth, also named crown, attached to the implant post will match the color and shape of the rest of your teeth. Therefore, dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth! With proper and diligent oral hygiene and maintenance, implants can last you a lifetime.

At East El Paso Dentist, we use the best dental materials available in the United States. We also work with the highest quality dental components available on the market today including the best quality medical grade titanium for dental implants.

Call today to schedule a dental implant for only $750 per tooth at (915) 621-2880, or send us an email by visiting our Contact Us page. We will answer any questions you have concerning dental treatment, insurance, or financial options. We can’t wait to see your new smile!

Did you know you can lose your dental benefits after December?!

Another year has come and gone and East El Paso Dentist would like to say thank you for your trust and confidence in our dental clinic. 2020 is soon coming to a close, and so too will your dental benefits. Many of our patients do not realize that the dental benefits they have will not roll over into the New Year. So, if you do not use those plan benefit dollars you will lose them. The cost of these benefits is on the rise and many employers are cutting back on dental benefits. It makes sense to use every dollar that you are entitled to and for which you have already paid.

This blog is here as a friendly reminder to schedule your teeth cleaning, dental exam, and any other dental procedures as soon as possible in order to fully utilize your 2020 dental insurance benefits. These dental benefits, as well as healthcare flexible spending accounts (HFS), may expire at the end of December 2020.

Last year many patients took advantage of their flexible spending accounts to get started on Invisalign – the clear alternative to braces!

We know how busy family life can be, but regular dental cleanings and exams may allow you to avoid dental complications that may cause you to exceed future dental benefits.

At East El Paso Dentist we are committed to the prevention of dental disease and regular exams and cleanings are essential for you and your family’s oral health.

As the end of the year approaches, calendars get busy and things get put off. Our goal is to assist you and your family in obtaining optimum dental health and saving money too. You don’t have to start the treatment now, but it is wise to schedule the time that you request before the “rush” begins.

We want you to maximize your benefits AND have the best dental treatment available. Remember, it is always best to prevent any problems before they arise!

Call Today To Schedule A Dental Appointment! (915) 621-2880

How to Find the Best “Dentist Near Me”

Oral healthcare should be a task that you and your dentist will be working on for a long time, so choosing the best dentist is an important decision for you and all of your family. So considering this, how do you go about finding the right dentist?

If you’re currently looking for a new dentist, you’re searching for more than someone to just clean your teeth. Your dental health is of such vital importance for your overall health, it’s important for every patient to have a for the long haul. This article will give you some great tips on finding the best dentist in El Paso, TX.

Dentist Near You

One thing to look for in a family dentist is a good location that will be convenient for you in order to minimize your time spent on the road. East El Paso Dentist is conveniently located on Edgemere Blvd. off of Zaragosa and next to McDonald’s and Walmart. Making us a prime location for you to get shopping done, and have your family get dental care simultaneously.

Friend or Family Referrals

Remember to ask friends, family, and other dental health professionals when looking for a new family dentist. They will usually give sincere accounts of what they have experienced from dental practices in your area.

Google Reviews

Another factor to take into consideration when choosing a family dentist is their reviews. What are their ratings on Google My Business? What experiences have other patients had at the dental office you are looking at? Reviews can truly give you insight into a dental practice.

Schedule a Dental Appointment Today!

While choosing a new dentist in El Paso is an important decision, it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Fortunately, some of these tips should be helpful to you in your search. And of course, if you are looking for a new dentist, we invite you to call our office located on the Eastside of town.

Call today at (915) 621-2880, or visit our Contact Us page to send us a message!

$50 Exámenes y rayos X ¡Especial!

¡Solo por tiempo limitado, llevaremos a cabo un examen especial de $50 por rayos X para cualquier paciente que ingrese a nuestro nuevo consultorio dental Eastside!

¿Qué Está Incluido?

• Nuestro personal tomará radiografías de alta definición que nos ayudarán a diagnosticar su boca y elaborar un plan de tratamiento suficiente.

• Realizaremos un examen exhaustivo: le daremos una vista panorámica de su salud dental y qué pasos se pueden tomar para que su boca vuelva al 100% de funcionamiento.

Nos enorgullece tratar a nuestros pacientes como si fueran familiares; venga a verlo usted mismo en East El Paso Dentist. ¡Estamos ansiosos por conocerte!

¡Programe Un Examen, Radiografías y Consultas Hoy!

A diferencia de las cadenas de odontología cosmética o familiar más grandes, siempre verá al mismo dentista e higienista en su consultorio dental de East El Paso, lo que le dará tranquilidad y garantizará la continuidad entre sus citas.

Llámenos hoy al (915) 621-2880, o programe una cita dental visitando nuestra página Contáctenos. ¡Nuestro personal dental espera pacientemente su conveniencia!

$50 Exams & X-rays Special!

For a limited time only, we’re running a $50 Exam & X-ray Special to any new patient that walks into our brand new Eastside dental office!

What’s Included?

• Our staff will take high definition x-rays that will help us diagnose your oral health condition and come up with your personalized treatment plan.

• We’ll perform a thorough dental exam by giving you a comprehensive view of your dental health and what treatment is needed to get your mouth back to 100% working order.

We take pride in treating our patients like family – come see for yourself at East El Paso Dentist. We can’t wait to meet you!

Schedule an Exam, X-rays, and Consultation Today!

Unlike the larger cosmetic or family dentistry chains, you’ll always see the same dentist and hygienist at your local East El Paso Dentist dental office, giving you peace of mind and ensuring continuity between your appointments.

Call us today at (915) 621-2880, or schedule a dental appointment by visiting our Contact Us page. Our dental staff is waiting patiently for your convenience!