If you have a badly infected or damaged tooth, a root canal may save it. Most dentists prefer to save the natural teeth whenever possible, and a root canal in Winter Haven is one of the best treatments for this. Our specialist will remove the infected tooth pulp, clean, and disinfect the tooth. It is then filled and sealed. The most common reasons you may need a root canal are an injured tooth that is cracked, exposing the root, a deep cavity that has reached the root, or other trauma that can cause pain and make the tooth useless.
The reason the procedure is called a root canal is that the canals inside the tooth root are cleaned. Also called endodontic treatment, it is used for treating and saving millions of teeth every year. There are many advantages to saving the natural tooth, including:
• You will have your normal biting force
• You can chew effectively for good nutrition
• You maintain your natural appearance
• Your other teeth will be protected from abnormal wear
When you visit our specialist in Winter Haven, your teeth will be examined and an X-ray may be taken. This will help our specialist locate the decay or damage. If you need a root canal to save your tooth, a procedure can be planned.
A common myth is that root canals are unusually highly uncomfortable, but this could not be further from the truth. They are actually no more uncomfortable than filling a cavity. Once the area is numb, the tooth will be protected from saliva with a special shield. Then, an opening is made in the affected tooth and the pulp is taken out. As the debris is removed from the root, it will be periodically flushed out. Once it is cleaned, a disinfectant may be put in the root and it will be packed and closed.
Root canals are a very good treatment for seriously decayed or injured teeth to save them from being extracted. Even though the buzz is that root canals are extremely invasive and uncomfortable, the truth is they are not.
Make an appointment at Implant and Comprehensive Dentistry, with offices in Winter Haven and Champions Gate, to learn more information about root canal therapy. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!