By Impressive Smiles Dental
July 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root CanalSome very uncomfortable symptoms are developing in a back molar. Dr. Robert Perez, your family dentist at Impressive Smiles Dental in Tampa, FL, says you need root canal therapy to save the tooth. What tells him you need it, and what will it be like? Read on and learn all about amazing root canal therapy.

Saving a tooth

Your family dentist at Impressive Smiles Dental in Tampa does everything he can to preserve natural tooth structure. In other words, he'd rather restore a failing tooth than extract it and create the many problems which accompany tooth loss.

So, when a patient presents with symptoms of dental infection (abscess) or injury, Dr. Perez will consider saving the tooth with root canal therapy (also called endodontics or endodontic therapy). Employed for generations to remove diseased pulp which resides interior to enamel and dentin, a root canal cleans, strengthens and protects a tooth. As a result, the tooth remains in place and functions well for many years.

The procedure happens right at Impressive Smiles Dental. Most patients only need local anesthetic as Dr. Perez accesses the inner chamber, or canal, which runs down each tooth root. He extracts the inflamed nerves, blood supply, and connective tissue and adds antibiotics and a sealant called gutta-percha. A temporary filling protects the tooth until the dentist places a porcelain crown a week or so later.

Signs you need a root canal

The American Association of Endodontists states that patients require root canal therapy for teeth that are deeply damaged due to decay, weak tooth structure, oral injury or infection (abscess). Common symptoms that your tooth is in danger include:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw swelling
  • A red pimple on the gums
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Enamel discoloration
  • A big crack or chip or a lost filling
  • Drainage from the tooth
  • Bad breath which does not resolve with mouth wash or tooth brushing
  • Extreme dental sensitivity to temperature and the pressures of chewing and biting

To explore why you have these symptoms. Dr. Perez will look at your tooth and X-ray it to understand the nature of the problem. If he recommends root canal therapy, expect the procedure to:

  • Take two visits to Impressive Smiles Dental
  • Relieve your pain and other symptoms
  • Make your tooth look and perform well again

Find out more

The American Academy of Endodontists says that root canals are highly successful. So, if Dr. Perez says you need one, look forward to keeping your tooth and having a great looking smile once again. For answers to questions about root canal therapy or any other dental concerns, please call (813) 962-8888 for more information or to arrange a consultation with Dr. Perez and his team in Tampa, FL.