Dental Root Canal Naples

Over the years, root canal treatments have been unfairly branded as a painful procedure. This outdated perception originated in the rudimentary days of dentistry. With the advances in dental anesthesia, tools, and techniques, root canal therapy is similar to having a large filling placed. Post treatment soreness, if any, is minimal and usually resolves within a couple of days. Meanwhile, over the counter pain relievers are all that is necessary for comfort.
Historically, a diseased or injured tooth had to be extracted, but today the natural tooth can often be saved with root canal therapy. When a tooth has deep decay or a fracture, bacteria can reach the chamber and root canal space in the center of the tooth. This causes the pulp, which houses the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues to become inflamed and infected. When the pulp is damaged, it causes increased cellular activity and blood flow, creating pressure that cannot be relieved without treatment.
Treatment begins with the patient being thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia. Dr. Engle and the team at Engle Dentistry have IV sedation available if the patient desires. A small hole is made in the chewing surface or the back surface of the tooth (for anterior teeth) to give the doctor access to the diseased pulp. Small, specialized instruments are used to remove all of the tissue from the center of the tooth. The chamber and canals are cleaned and disinfected to make certain that no bacteria remain.
The canals are shaped and then filled with a hard rubber substance to prevent re-entry of bacteria and to give the tooth a strong core. The entry hole is sealed with a composite bonding material. Typically, a return appointment will be scheduled to place a dental crown on the treated tooth to strengthen it and protect it from further damage. Form, function, and appearance are restored to a tooth that would otherwise have required extraction.
It is important that an infected tooth be treated; otherwise, the infection can spread to the bone and tissue around the tooth. Even if the pain of an infected tooth stops temporarily, it doesn’t mean that the infection is gone. Damaged dental pulp cannot repair itself, and the pain will be recurrent without dental intervention.
If you think you may have an infected tooth, turn to the team that includes a specialist, general dentists, and licensed hygienists at Florida Choice Dentistry. They have the skills and experience to stop the pain and restore optimal oral health no matter what your dental issue may be. Call (239) 213-1500 or request an appointment today.

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