Family Dentistry Shavano Park, TX
Dr. Stephen Wood
13410 N.W. Military Hwy,
San Antonio, TX 78231


Our Office Hours
Mon: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wed 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Alternating Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Root Canals
Technically, the root canals are spaces inside of tooth roots. They contain dental pulp, which includes nerves, vessels, and other fragile soft tissues. Endodontic therapy (root canal therapy) refers to techniques used to treat injured or infected pulp. The procedure is quite similar to that of filling a cavity, except it involves deeper tissues. The process begins with numbing the tooth, so that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, the doctor creates a small access opening in the upper part of the tooth and uses specialized endodontic tools to remove diseased pulp and sterilize the chamber and canals.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome
Sometimes, a tooth will have a fracture that is too small to see with the naked eye, or even on X-rays. These fractures can be detected by a professional dental examination. This problem, known as cracked tooth syndrome, can cause pain and sensitivity ranging from mild to severe, and it can lead to infection. Only about two out of ten teeth with this problem will require root canal therapy, and the sooner you seek help, the better your chances of only needing minimal treatment. Cracked tooth syndrome can lead to tooth loss.

What You Need To Know
Root canal treatment is likely the most misunderstood procedure in dentistry. Contrary to popular myths, it is a gentle procedure with a reliable outcome. Root canal treatment can save your tooth and save you from the misery of chronic toothaches, sensitivity, and abscesses.

Take a look at some of our facts about root canal treatment:
  • It is comfortable – Surveys show that the majority of people who believe root canal treatment hurts have never experienced it.
  • It is reliable – In the past, the procedure may have been rather unpredictable, but today’s root canal treatment has an average success rate of over 95 percent.
  • It saves teeth – When root canal treatment is indicated, the only alternative is extraction.
  • It stops and prevents pain – Once the pulp, which includes the nerve, has been removed, the toothaches cease.
  • The tooth is fully restored – Following root canal treatment, a permanent crown is placed on the tooth to prevent further breakdown. 

Saving Your Smile
Some people ask if it would be better to pull the tooth. On occasion, extraction may be necessary; however, saving the tooth is always the best option if it is possible. A root canal treated tooth has an excellent long-term prognosis. Like an untreated tooth, it may be with you for the rest of your life if you visit us regularly and practice good hygiene. Additionally, extraction brings a host of new problems related to tooth loss, and additional procedures to replace the tooth. A root canal is a simple and comfortable way to keep your own tooth right where it belongs, in your mouth.
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