Root Canal Therapy
Infected teeth, abscessed teeth, or teeth with the nerve exposed by dental decay may need a “root canal” procedure if the tooth is to be saved.Contact us today to find the best oral surgeon on Palm Harbor, Tampa Bay and also Clearwater, FL!
The root of your tooth is the lower two thirds of the tooth that anchors and supports the crown (the biting/chewing part of your tooth). The root(s) is typically buried in your jaw and contains the nerve that comes from the crown connecting it to the main nerve trunk. When this nerve becomes infected or damaged, the pain can become excruciating….infection often spreads to the areas beyond the roots and damage to the jaw bone can occur with swelling and/or pain that can radiate to other parts of the face and other teeth. Root canal therapy is used to remove the diseased nerve and pulp tissue, refill the tooth, and restore the tooth with a crown to prevent further damage and restore your bite. This procedure can be performed with a local anesthetic or with sedation for your comfort.
When fillings, crowns, and root canals can’t properly repair a badly decayed or broken tooth, an extraction of that tooth may be recommended. Local anesthetics may be used for surgical extractions, but in most cases, oral or intravenous sedation with the oral surgeon is recommended for your comfort. Thanks to modern advancements in anesthetics and sedatives, the procedures today are virtually painless. You might even say “wake me when its over”.