Endodontics is known mostly by its more common name, root canal therapy. This is a dental treatment for removing an infection from inside a tooth. It can also protect the tooth from future infections. It is carried out in the pulp of the tooth, which is the root. Very often it involves removing the infected root entirely and filling the canal with a special rubber-like substance that will form itself to your root canal.

Dr. Fernandez can perform many root canal surgeries in our office in Lakeland on premolar and molar teeth, the back teeth that are behind your canine teeth. Depending on the nature of the problem and her judgment, she may choose to refer you to an oral surgeon for more complex endodontic work.

You will be given local or general anesthesia, then an incision is made in your gum. Dr. Fernandez (or a surgeon) will remove the tooth and its pulp, and then close the gum with stitches. The incision will be packed with gauze to stop any bleeding.

You’ll want to rest for the remainder of the day of your surgery and can go back to your normal activities the next day. You should wait a few days to let the incisions heal before doing anything strenuous.

Dr. Fernandez will then complete the root canal process by placing a crown in place of the tooth that’s been removed.