Root Canal Therapy in Temple

At Red Balloon Dentistry in Temple, TX, we specialize in root canal therapy, a common endodontic treatment performed by our experienced providers. Our goal is to save your natural teeth and alleviate any pain associated with tooth infections, preserving your smile and dental health.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure aimed at treating infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). It’s often necessary when the soft tissue inside the root canal, known as the pulp, becomes inflamed or infected. This condition can result from severe decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth.

The Root Canal Process

The root canal process involves several steps to ensure the complete removal of the infection and protection of the tooth from future microbial invasion:


  1. Diagnosis: Our provider will perform an examination, including X-rays, to confirm that a root canal is needed.
  2. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area and ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
  3. Pulpectomy: An opening is made in the crown of the tooth to access and remove the infected or inflamed pulp.
  4. Cleaning and Sealing: After removal of the pulp, the root canal is cleaned, shaped, and disinfected. It’s then filled and sealed with a biocompatible material.
  5. Restoration: Often, a tooth that has undergone a root canal will need a crown to protect it from future damage and restore functionality.

Post-Treatment Care

After a root canal, it’s important to follow specific care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery:

  • Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it’s fully restored to avoid recontamination or breakage.

  • Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.

  • Attend follow-up appointments to ensure the tooth is healing properly.

Symptoms to Watch For

Contact Red Balloon Dentistry immediately if you experience any of these symptoms after a root canal:

  • Severe pain that lasts more than a few days

  • Visible swelling inside or outside your mouth

  • An allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives, or itching

  • The return of original symptoms

Root Canal FAQ

Modern techniques and anesthesia make root canal treatments virtually painless. While you may experience some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, it’s usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Most root canals can be completed in one to two visits, depending on the condition of the tooth and your personal circumstances.

Yes, it’s generally better to save your natural tooth if possible. Root canal therapy has a high success rate and can last a lifetime with proper care.

Yes, both trained dentists and endodontists are great at root canals. Our providers are specially trained to provide expert root canals to their patients. They will provide proper care and optimal comfort throughout the procedure and in the years to come.

Root Canals in Temple

Pricing and Insurance

At Red Balloon Dentistry, we understand that cost is a consideration for many of our patients. We strive to provide transparent pricing and clear communication about the benefits of each treatment option. Root canal therapy is typically covered by most dental insurance plans to some extent, which can significantly reduce your out-of-pocket cost.

Call to Schedule an Appointment Today

If you think you might need a root canal or are experiencing dental pain, don’t wait. Call our team at Red Balloon Dentistry today at (512) 817-4940 to schedule an appointment. Our team is committed to providing expert care and relief, helping you preserve your natural teeth and maintain a healthy smile.