Root Canal

While root canals have always been a bit notorious in their reputation for being a painful procedure that you want to avoid, modern dentistry has made this treatment option quite comfortable for the patient. It is now considered an effective and relatively painless option for restoring an individual’s normal biting force, sensation, and chewing function.

An illustration of the stages of a root canal from unhealthy towards healthy teeth

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a serious dental procedure that dental specialists use to eliminate bacteria within the infected root canal of a tooth. Getting a root canal done can involve several visits, but can be completed in one appointment. 

The dentist will start by taking an x-ray of the area, followed by numbing, drying and isolating the infected tooth. Once finished, an entry hole will be drilled for the insertion of special files, meant to scrape out the insides of the tooth while periodically flushing with water. Finally, the dentist must choose to either seal the tooth immediately, or after a week to get infections clear naturally. If waiting, a medication and temporary filling will be applied. Lastly, The tooth is properly filled and sealed with a rubber compound and filling, then further sealed with a crown if needed.

When to Get One and Why

A dentist may recommend a root canal if there is a deep cavity, if there are issues from a previous filling, or if there is a significant crack in the tooth from an injury. Common signs and symptoms of a tooth that needs a root canal includes:

  • If the tooth or surrounding gums have pain and swelling,
  • If a tooth is becoming discolored, 
  • If there is persistent or recurring pimples on the gums,
  • If there is prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures,
  • If there is severe tooth pain when an individual chew or applies pressure to the tooth. 

If a root canal isn’t done when it is needed, bacteria can form and multiply within the pulp chamber, causing an infection or an abscessed tooth. When an abscess forms, you can have bone loss around the root of the tooth, drainage problems, and swelling that extends into the neck and face.

What Makes Us Different? We Choose to Put You, First.

Here at Tampa Palms Dentistry, we understand how frustrating it can be to find out that your dental practice’s receptionist isn’t doing everything possible to bring you in as soon as possible. We understand you are busy and we value your time. All efforts will be made to provide you with SAME DAY treatment. 

This means that we will get to know you during your initial appointment with us, do a thorough review of your dental history, and offer you a personalized service based on what your specific needs are. 

Whether you are experiencing pain or just need a check up,  we strive to provide a relaxed and comfortable environment that focuses on providing you with a treatment plan that you are confident and happy with. After all, it is our job to make sure that you walk away with a healthy and radiant smile. If you have any questions regarding root canals or think you may need a root canal, call us today at (813) 333-1922



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