Have you ever had root canal therapy in Jacksonville Beach, FL? If you have, you know how pain-free and straightforward it is. At Jax Beach Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Rick Harrison and his capable team use this predictable restorative service to bring failing teeth back to full function, comfort, and appearance. Learn here about the signs which indicate you may need a root canal treatment.
What can go wrong with a tooth
A tooth is composed of a calcified outer layer called enamel. Under that is a yellow, more porous layer called the dentin. Interior to dentin are chambers which contain blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. This pulp runs through the center of the tooth, and its root canals may become damaged, inflamed and infected due to:
- Deep cavities
- Fracture because of accident or extensive restorative work
- Infection (abscess)
As a result, patients experience many disconcerting symptoms. When Dr. Harrison reviews these symptoms and his findings from oral examination and X-rays, he may advise root canal therapy at his Jacksonville Beach office to remove the interior pulp and protect the tooth with a filling or a beautiful porcelain crown.
Symptoms which say "You need a root canal"
While some patients are unaware that a tooth is compromised, others experience a range of symptoms which vary in intensity. They may include:
- Harsh, throbbing toothache pain
- Dental sensitivity to hot, cold, and sugary foods
- Jaw swelling
- Drainage from the affected tooth
- Bad breath (halitosis) which does not respond to mouthwash or toothbrushing
- A red pimple on the gums
- Tooth discoloration
- Cracked tooth enamel
- Shooting pain when biting or chewing
If you have any of these symptoms, contact Jax Beach Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for an evaluation. The sooner the dentist checks that tooth, the better your chances are of avoiding harmful tooth extraction.
The root canal procedure
Patients visit Dr. Harrison twice to complete a root canal, with each appointment taking about an hour. Normally, only locally injected anesthetic is necessary for complete comfort during the procedure.
After the tooth is numb, Dr. Harrison creates a small access hole into the first root canal. Through this opening, he inserts a series of small metal files which remove the diseased pulp and reshape the canal walls. Also, he instills antibiotics to quell infection, and seals the canal with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha.
When he has completed all canals (there may be up to four in a single tooth), your dentist covers the tooth with a temporary filling and crown. Oral impressions and a detailed care plan tell the dental lab how to create a lifelike porcelain crown.
At the next appointment, the dentist removes the temporary restoration and bonds on the crown. That completes the treatment. The American Association of Endodontists says that most teeth restored with root canal therapy last a lifetime!
Do you need a root canal?
Don't delay. Find out during an evaluation at Jax Beach Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Call for your appointment at (904) 241-4237.