Root canals are a common dental procedure that helps save a damaged or infected tooth and prevent the need for extraction. Florida Dental Implant Center provides root canal therapy in Venice, FL. Call 941-484-3885 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure that is used to treat a damaged or infected tooth. Our state-of-the-art technology and techniques ensure that root canal treatments are safe, effective, and tailored to your unique needs and concerns.
The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the tooth's root canal, and then sealing the canal to prevent further damage or infection. The pulp of the tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, and if it becomes infected or damaged, it can cause severe tooth pain and even lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
Benefits of A Root Canal
Saves your natural tooth. A root canal is a procedure that can save a damaged or infected tooth from extraction, preserving your natural tooth and preventing the need for costly tooth replacement options such as dental implants or bridges.
Relieves pain. Root canals are often performed to alleviate severe tooth pain caused by damage or infection in the tooth's pulp. Once the damaged pulp is removed, the pain associated with the infection or damage usually subsides.
Prevents further infection. By removing the infected or damaged pulp and cleaning and sealing the tooth's root canal, a root canal can prevent the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and gums.
Restores function. After a root canal, your tooth can function normally, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Improves oral health. Root canals can improve overall oral health by preserving your natural tooth, preventing further damage or infection, and maintaining the integrity of your smile.
Are You a Good Candidate for A Root Canal?
You may be a good candidate for a root canal if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Severe tooth pain, especially when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth.
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums surrounding the affected tooth.
- Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth.
- A small bump on the gums near the affected tooth.
- A history of tooth decay, trauma, or repeated dental procedures on the affected tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
Root canals may vary depending on the specifics of the condition and the severity of the infection, but most root canals follow these basic steps:
- First, our Venice endodontist will examine the tooth and surrounding areas both visually and with dental x-rays.
- After deciding on a root canal and planning out the treatment, we'll numb the area with local anesthetic and place a dental dam over the tooth to protect it and keep it clean and dry.
- Once the anesthetic takes effect, your dentist will create an opening in the tooth, using it to remove any decayed tooth tissue as well as infected pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals.
- After removing all decayed tissue, your dentist will carefully clean and sterilize the area.
- Next, your dentist will fill the canals with a strong, biocompatible filler material.
- Finally, we'll seal the tooth and place a lifelike dental crown to protect the tooth and restore it to its normal appearance.