Mark S. Castor, DDS -  - Dentist

Mark Castor, DDS

Dentist located in South Austin, Austin, TX

Root Canals Specialist

Dr. Castor is an expertly trained dentist who serves patients in and around the Austin area. At his practice, patients can receive treatments to preserve the integrity of their teeth. Here, Dr. Castor offers advanced care for the tooth’s interior such as root canal therapy.

Root Canal Q & A

by Mark Castor, DDS

What is an Endodontist?

When addressing concerns regarding the interior of the tooth such as an abscess a specially trained dentist is needed. This dentist is known as an endodontist. Endodontists assist with:

  • Implant placements and restorations,
  • root canals, root canal retreatment,
  • apicoectomies,
  • treatment of chipped or broken tooth, and
  • dental emergencies

These procedures are designed to treat any issues which affect the integrity, strength of the tooth and its structure. Endodontic tooth treatments are more complex and will often require more time in the chair.

When Would I Receive These Treatments? 

If a person has a tooth ache, needs a tooth replaced or a chipped or cracked tooth repaired, or even needs treatment for tender or swollen gums he or she will work with the endodontist. The most common procedure performed is the root canal which treats an infected tooth.

What are Root Canals?

To remove the decay when a tooth is abscessed or infected and save the tooth from extraction, the dentist will perform a root canal. The inside layer of the tooth located underneath the hard outer shell is a section known as the pulp. This pulp is the home of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. The pulp can become aggravated or inflamed, typically due to infection, and will require a root canal for treatment. Chips, decay, faulty crowns, and/or repeated dental procedures can all cause infections. An abscess can form if the infection is not dealt with.  An abscess needs to be cleaned out in order to be fixed. Once this decayed tissue is no longer present, the cavity is cleaned which kills the bacteria. A rubber-like material is then put inside the tooth’s cavity. A crown or filling is then put over the top of the tooth. These treatments can prevent a tooth extraction but they are not suitable for every situation.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

For more information, please call our office. 

Delta Dental
Humana
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr.Castor and staff have been incredible in taking care of me. I would recommend him to all my friends and family."

    Vic G.
  • Yelp

    "I gotta say I love Dr. Castor, his whole office, and the brave work they do on people like mine's neglected teeth."

    Bradly S.
  • Yelp

    "Mark is one of the best of the best I have found in Texas, and I would recommend my friends and family to him."

    Ted G.
  • RateABiz

    "This was my first visit with Dr Castor and it went very well. Laurie was an experienced tech and went ahead with images & a cleaning...I highly recommend them..."

    Matt G.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Castor and Sylvia, his assistant, make a great team. I trust them to take care of me. I have known Dr. Castor for many years. He is an excellent dentist..."

    Amy C.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Castor has been my dentist ever since. Great people workmen there, easy to get to location. I ENJOY going to the dentist now, really!"

    Lara N.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Castor's team is always extremely friendly, professional and make going to the dentist "almost" enjoyable! Would definitely recommend his services!"

    Laura S.
  • RateABiz

    "Everyone there is both professional and personable. They honestly do seem to care about each patient. Fabulous!"

    Katherine S.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Castor and Tawana both worked very hard to make me feel comfortable and took great care with fitting my crown. I could tell this team is a family!"

    Vaundee A.
  • RateABiz

    "Always great service. Never have to wait more than several minutes to be called. Always quick, thorough, and professional...Great friendly, and professional staff"

    Carol P.
Location
Mark S. Castor, DDS
1221 West Ben White Boulevard , Suite 207A
South Austin

Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-504-7570
Fax: 512-441-7632
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512-504-7570

Mark Castor, DDS
1221 West Ben White Boulevard
Suite 207A
Austin, TX 78704