Root Canal Therapy is a Safe and Gentle Approach to Restoring Your Smile
Root canal treatment (RCT) can be a lifesaver when your tooth’s pulp is infected or injured. Root canal or endodontic therapy not only relieves pain but saves your tooth from extraction. Highland Dental Clinic in Lakeland, Florida, offers gentle and safe root canals to ensure you enjoy optimal dental health. Dr. Blanca Fernandez uses advanced technology and light touch techniques to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your treatment.
Signs you may need root canal therapy
Your tooth has three layers — enamel, dentin, and pulp chamber. The pulp chamber contains blood vessels, nerves, and other connective tissue to give your tooth sensation and nutrition. Unfortunately, decay, injury, or cracks can allow harmful bacteria to infect the pulp chamber, causing numerous symptoms, including:
- Excruciating pain
- Tooth sensitivity, especially when consuming cold or hot foods and drinks
- Tooth discoloration
- Swelled face or gums
- A pimple-like bump on your gums
- Foul breath, regardless of optimal oral hygiene
When you spot the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with a root canal dentist as soon as possible. Your infected tooth won’t heal by itself. In fact, the infection gets worse by the day, and soon enough, the infection will spread to the nearby structures, causing irreversible damage.
What to expect from root canal therapy
Our practice is all about saving natural teeth. When you present yourself with tooth infection symptoms, we’ll try everything possible to preserve your tooth. One way we save smiles in our office is through root canals.
Unlike what you may have heard about root canals, this treatment is quick and painless.
Before the procedure, we’ll numb your gums with an injectable anesthetic to ensure your treatment remains comfortable from start to finish. However, if you have dental anxiety, you can benefit from our oral sedation for a relaxed dental experience.
Once you are comfortable, we’ll prepare your tooth by making an access hole at the topmost part of the tooth. Through this access hole, we’ll flush out the diseased pulp chamber and thoroughly clean the tooth to remove all traces of bacteria. The next step is to seal your root canals with a rubber-like material (gutta-percha) to prevent future bacterial invasions.
The final step is to restore your tooth with a composite filling.
However, if your tooth is significantly weakened, we’ll use a dental crown to reinforce it. After the root canal procedure, your tooth will look and function like it never had decay or damage!
Endodontic treatment near me
A root canal relieves tooth pain and preserves your natural tooth and overall well-being. If you are considering a root canal in Lakeland, FL, please call (863) 457-1954 to get in touch with Highland Dental Clinic.