Root canal therapy often gets a bad reputation as a dreaded dental procedure to have to undergo. Root canal therapy is also known as endodontic therapy and is a necessary procedure performed by your dentist in order to save a tooth that has become infected. If left untreated, the infected tooth will not heal, and you run the risk of losing the tooth or much worse. If an infection is left to spread, it can cause serious illness and even become fatal. We stress the importance of seeking help and the initial signs of infection. We offer root canals in Palm Harbor and throughout the Bay Area.
Underneath the enamel is a layer called the dentin, which protects the softer layer underneath called the pulp. The pulp contains a collection of blood vessels and is home to the nerve of the tooth. There are many dental complications such as tooth decay, and chipped or broken teeth that can lead to inflammation and infection of the pulp. This inflammation can lead to an abscess and you’ll need to undergo root canal therapy. This is a common procedure that can be completed in as little as one or two visits.
During a root canal procedure, the infected pulp is carefully removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Once the inside of the tooth is cleaned, it is then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material. A crown or filling is placed over the tooth for protection. After a root canal, the tooth continues to function normally and can last as long as your natural teeth. Visit AAE.org for a step-by-step video explaining the procedure in great detail.
The staff at Palm Harbor Premier Dental is ready to handle the most complex situations and ensure that all our patients have the very best care possible. We can make your experience virtually pain-free and do everything to help eliminate any dental anxieties for our patients. We offer sedation dentistry in Palm Harbor, FL to help alleviate any fears that may arise from undergoing root canal therapy and all other dental procedures provided at Palm Harbor Premier Dental. If you think you may need root canal treatment, contact us immediately!