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What Is a Root Canal?

September 30, 2021
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Posted By: Quality Dental Care
Woman in pain from root canal infection

A root canal is the “tunnel” deep in your tooth that houses the nerve and pulp. If you get an infection in the canal, you need a root canal treatment to restore tooth health and relieve pain.

Our general dentists in Lakeland, FL provide comfortable root canal therapy in our dental office.

Root Canal Causes and Prevention

Tooth trauma or untreated decay may cause a root infection. However, root infections are largely preventable.

To lower your risks for root infection, do the following:

  • Brush and floss your teeth twice daily or after each meal.
  • Visit your dentist twice yearly for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
  • Avoid tooth trauma by wearing the proper mouthguard during sports.
  • Avoid tooth damage by wearing the proper nightguard if you have bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching).
  • Talk to your dentist if you notice tooth sensitivity or other changes between checkups.

Signs of Root Infection

Emerging infections may have few symptoms, but your dentist will find them during your routine exam and schedule treatment.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you’re likely to experience the following symptoms as the infection progresses:

  • Tooth sensitivity or tooth pain
  • Gum swelling and pain
  • Face swelling and pain
  • A bump or blister on the gum

Typically, an advanced root infection calls for emergency dental care in Lakeland. The pain of an untreated root canal infection can be extreme, and we do not want to leave you in pain.

Root Canal Procedure

Your dentist will always make sure the area is numb and that you are comfortable before extracting the infected material from your tooth canal. We then pack the area with a healing agent and temporary closure to boost healing.

You come in at a later date for a tooth-colored filling or dental crown. Your dentist will finish with either of these depending on the integrity of your tooth following infection. A dental crown is the best choice for a tooth at risk for breakage.

Schedule an Exam at Our Dental Office in Lakeland, FL!

If you have a toothache or other oral health change, reach out to a member of our knowledgeable team at (863) 858-3891 to discuss your symptoms and schedule a dental exam with Dr. Vernon Smith, DMD

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