By Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA
April 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Acute pain, drainage, and discoloration are just some of the problems that can arise from having a fractured or infected tooth. Luckily, root root canalcanal treatment from Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA in Jacksonville Beach can save your tooth, strengthen it, and prolong its life for years on end!

What is root canal therapy?

Employed for decades by dentists and endodontists all over the world, root canal therapy is named for the part of the tooth which contains pulp, nerves, and blood vessels. Each tooth root has a single canal, and if invaded by bacteria, that canal may become inflamed and painful. This situation is called a dental abscess.

Dentists use root canal therapy to remove the pulp and stop the potentially dangerous infection. Additionally, this therapeutic treatment also preserves teeth cracked in trauma or which have been heavily restored with metal or composite resin fillings.

Signs that you may need a root canal

Common signs indicating that a patient needs a root canal include:

  • Dental sensitivity (pain in response to chewing, cold, heat or sugar)
  • Darkened tooth enamel
  • Noticeable cracks or loss of tooth structure
  • Throbbing toothache discomfort
  • A pimple on the gums in close proximity to the tooth
  • Bad breath which keeps coming back (despite tooth brushing and use of mouthwash)
  • Drainage (a bad taste in the mouth)
  • Multiple, deep fillings

Amazingly, sometimes a failing tooth exhibits no symptoms whatsoever! That's why, to stay on top of your oral health, you must attend routine examinations and cleanings at our Jacksonville Beach office.

Learn more about endodontics

The American Dental Association says that about 22 million root canals are performed each year in the United States. So, if you need this restorative procedure, you're not alone. Furthermore, you can trust Dr. Harrison and his team for the finest dental care in the Jacksonville Beach area!

If you are experiencing dental symptoms, please don't wait—phone Jax Beach Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for a consultation today! Our number is (904) 241-4237.