Root Canal Therapy in Jacksonville FL
Advanced Tooth Decay Recovery
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy can maintain your tooth by removing the infected nerve and placing a dental crown over the remaining structure to add strength and stability.
Using advanced dental technology Jeffrey Bilotti, DDS is able to identify the exact length of the infected tooth root. Using these techniques and tools, we can provide accurate and quick results.
Root canal therapy is a more involved procedure than fillings as it requires removing the soft tissue from inside of a tooth due to internal tooth infection.
Root canals are not often necessary but do become required when a tooth's decay is beyond recovery. It might also be needed if a tooth has a longitudinal crack.
Badly decayed or repeatedly filled teeth can often only be saved with a root canal. The alternative is to pull the tooth, which removes the infection but also the tooth. It is generally preferable to keep the tooth alive when possible.
Signs and Symptoms of Advanced Decay
The tooth pulp is living tissue and has nerve endings. Whenever it gets infected, there is generally an experience of pain due to inflammation and damaged tissue. The tooth infection can also spread to the gumline, which may cause the gums near the tooth to become swollen and red.
Signs of tooth decay include:
- Radiating mouth, jaw or tooth pain
- Painful chewing or biting
- Consistent pain when consuming hot/cold foods or beverages
- Dull aches in a tooth or the surrounding gum area
- Gum swelling or tenderness
A tooth might not hurt when not stimulated but might if pressure is applied or if hot or cold food comes in contact with the tooth.
By paying attention to any tooth pain, you can often treat a minor problem before it becomes a major one.
Understanding the Root Canal Method
During a root canal procedure, much of the inside of the tooth is removed, including the pulp and nerve endings. This differs from a normal tooth filling, as a filling does not remove the inside of the tooth, but simply fills to make up for decayed bone matter.
After the removal process, the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. The inside of the tooth pulp is then replaced and the tooth is often capped with a dental crown to help re-enforce and strengthen the tooth.