Root canal therapy for immediate pain relief and a happy, healthy smile in Clearwater and Seminole, FL
Rethink what you may have heard about root canal therapy. This common and straightforward treatment may be the only way to “save” a badly infected or severely damaged tooth. Additionally, this treatment provides immediate pain relief. Deep decay or oral infections can produce intense and chronic toothaches. The root canal procedure at Boulevard Dental in Clearwater and Seminole, FL resolves the pain, pressure, and other symptoms that can interfere with every aspect of your life.
Truths about root canal treatment
Root canal therapy is little more extensive and time-consuming than a simple filling. In fact, it can be thought of as a “deep cleaning” for the inside of your tooth. That is exactly what we are doing; we access the innermost chamber of the tooth. Once the tooth is opened, we remove the inflamed or damaged tissue. The canals that root the tooth in the jaw are reshaped, and these channels are sealed off with a biocompatible gutta-percha material, a process that prevents re-infection and encourages healing. The finishing touch is the restoration. Usually, a temporary crown is placed until the treatment site is healed and the permanent crown is ready to be secured in place on top of the treated natural tooth. If the tooth needs a little additional support, we may recommend a dental core, with or without a post. The core helps to build up the damaged tooth, while the post aids in supporting the core. If more than half of the natural crown is damaged, a post may be needed to anchor the core to the tooth.
All treatment is performed on numbed teeth. So, you won’t feel anything. We can also discuss options to keep you as relaxed as possible during treatment.
Root canal therapy is a very common procedure. It has a reputation of being undesirable and painful, but when done properly, it is actually painless. Every tooth in your mouth is composed of a crown and a root. When a cavity or bacteria penetrates the tooth, the root and its nerves become irritated. As a result, the bacteria within the pulp cavity needs to be removed and cleaned in order to restore the tooth to its healthy state. Following the procedure, the tooth is fragile and consequently is restored with a natural crown for a lifetime of durability. Root canals have a success rate of 95% or greater. Most root canals are diagnosed by patients’ sensitivities to a specific tooth. Be sure to consult your dentist if any symptoms or discomfort occur.
Protect your natural tooth
Root canal therapy supports a complete smile by preventing the need for extractions and replacement teeth. However, by working regularly and consistently with our patients, we also help them to avoid the need for restorative treatments, including root canal therapy. Most of the time, the conditions that lead to the need for root canal therapy are progressive. There are usually plenty of opportunities to detect and resolve dental decay and disease in its earlier stages before portions of the natural tooth must be altered.