Endodontics and Root Canals

Serving Patients in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton & Nearby Areas of Florida

Endodontics is the dental root canal therapy, dealing with issues surrounding tooth pulp and roots. As part of the general dentistry services offered at The Smile Centre, our experienced dentists offer this important service to all of our patients.

The primary endodontic procedure is a root canal. Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp chamber of your tooth becomes infected or impacted by decay. This can happen even with a thorough at-home oral hygiene routine.

Your tooth’s nerve runs through the root canal which extends from the root of your tooth to the center of your pulp chamber. Infection in the pulp chamber can quickly cause discomfort by impacting your tooth’s nerve. If left untreated, infection can form into an abscessed tooth, which then infects the jawbone causing it to deteriorate. The purpose of a root canal is to treat the tooth before infection forms an abscessed tooth which may require removal to treat, along with a dental implant or bridge to replace the now missing tooth.

Root Canal Procedure

The procedure for a root canal at our comfortable Sarasota or Venice office is performed under local anesthetic. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of any dental procedure, one of our dentists can discuss your options for sedation dentistry. However, most patients find a root canal no more uncomfortable than a tooth filling.

To perform a root canal, one of our dentists will need to make a small hole in your tooth. Through this hole, files will be inserted to gently scrape away decay and remove infection. If necessary, an antibiotic will be placed into your tooth before it is temporarily sealed. When this is needed, your tooth will be permanently sealed after one week. When it is not needed, your tooth can be sealed on the same day as your procedure. To further protect your tooth against decay and infection, we may recommend a dental crown following your root canal. This decision will be made by your dentist, but will be discussed with you beforehand.

Our goal is to make your procedure as comfortable as possible. During your root canal consultation, one of our dentists can answer any questions you have about root canals and provide you with more information about the process.

If you have questions about endodontics or are suffering from an infected tooth in Sarasota, Bradenton, Port Charlotte, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, or surrounding areas of Florida, please contact the experienced dentists at The Smile Centre to schedule an initial consultation today.