Root Canals

Root Canals: Easier Than You May Think

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Root Canal Treatment for Infected Teeth

Constant tooth pain is never normal and often a sign that a tooth has become infected. When a tooth is infected, bacteria penetrates the tooth structure and damages the internal nerves and pulp tissue within. Without treatment, the infection can spread to surrounding teeth, infect other parts of your body, and even cause you to lose your tooth. We offer gentle and effective root canal treatment to remove infection and save your oral health. Contrary to what most believe, root canal treatment is not an overly painful procedure and ultimately solves tooth pain.

The Root Canal Treatment Procedure

Symptoms of Tooth Infection

  • Constant tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold beverages
  • Recurring fever
  • Swollen face, cheeks or lymph nodes
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Constant bad breath (halitosis)

The Root Canal Process

When performing a root canal, our doctors focus on preserving your tooth structure, your overall comfort and removing the cause of your discomfort. We use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the infected tooth so you will feel little to no pain, only slight pressure as we work. We then create a small opening in your tooth to access the infection within. Using specialized instruments, we can clear out the infected pulp and nerves and reshape the damaged tooth canal. We will then fill the canal with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to restore structure to the inside of the tooth. Finally, we will reshape your tooth and a dental crown added to cap the tooth, which will protect the damaged area and restore function to your bite. After root canal treatment, your tooth should be free of pain.

Gentle, Anxiety-Free Dentistry

Our doctors are experienced in root canal treatment as it is a fairly common dental procedure at The Smile Centre. We are members of the American Dental Association, Florida and Sarasota County Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry, among many other organizations, so that our doctors can give you the most specialized and effective care. We urge patients experiencing tooth pain to seek treatment right away to prevent the spread of infection and save their oral health. For those avoiding the dentist out of fear, our doctors are trained in advanced sedation dentistry to give you a nearly painless and anxiety-free root canal.

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