Root canal Therapy

is not a foreign term to most individuals. Most people have had a root canal at some point in their lives. Root canal therapy is necessary for dental patients whose dental pulp is compromised due to oral bacteria or deep dental cavities, in order to prevent infection, toothache and tooth loss. Root canal therapy is a very sensitive procedure and it has to be performed with meticulous care and expertise. Drs. Pross, Kanter and Tindell have an excellent track record performing root canal therapy and have saved many dental patients from pain, tooth loss and having to seek an emergency dentist in Tampa.

Root canal therapy saves an average of 17 million teeth each year. Our dentists are extremely qualified to perform this procedure to save your teeth.

Avoid Tooth Loss and Toothache with Root Canal Therapy

The tooth is comprised of three components: a hard, protective shell or enamel, a softer, more sensitive middle layer or dentin and a soft tissue, inner layer known as dental pulp. The dental pulp contains nerve tissue, lymph tissue and blood vessels, and it’s considered the most essential part of the tooth. When dental pulp is compromised, it is treated and cleansed via root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy is performed under local anesthesia for maximum patient comfort. If an infection is present, antibiotics may be taken for a specific amount of time prior to the procedure, but this is often not necessary. During root canal therapy, our dentists use advanced dental tools to delicately access the dental pulp chamber and carefully remove any diseased tissue and debris. In order to minimize damage to the surrounding ligaments and bone, which makes root canal therapy an extremely delicate procedure, our dentists may use X-rays and other visual tools to accurately perform the procedure.

After cleansing the dental pulp, the tooth is filled with an inert material and a temporary filling is placed to seal the tooth. Then a dental crown is placed to prevent breakage. A dental crown or permanent filling is performed after root canal therapy to protect the enamel.

Root canal therapy may cause some discomfort and soreness for three to five days after treatment. Drs. Pross, Kanter or Tindell will provide you with detailed after-care instructions and pain medicine. In many cases, over-the-counter pain relievers can help.

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