root canal therapy in Wesley Chapel

What Is a Root Canal?

When tooth decay first forms, it appears as a cavity in the tooth enamel. However, if it’s left untreated for too long, it will continue to penetrate through the layers of the tooth. Once it reaches the soft inside layer of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, inflammation causes a tooth infection. 

At this point, a root canal is the only thing that can save your tooth from extraction, and only then, the tooth may not be salvageable. A root canal involves removing the infected pulp, including the roots, cleaning and shaping the canals, and then filling the inside of the tooth with a filling material. Call today to schedule an appointment at your dentist in Wesley Chapel.

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Did you know…

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Root canals have a success rate of 95%.

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How It Works: The Root Canal Therapy Process

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CONSULTATION

Dr. Parikh will need to examine your tooth and take x-rays to determine if you’re a good candidate for a root canal. If the decay has reached the deepest layers of dental pulp, an extraction may be necessary.

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Pulpectomy

All of the dental pulp, including the tooth’s roots, is scraped out. This will relieve your pain.

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Canal Cleaning

Each tooth contains 1 to 4 canals. Each of the canals needs to be cleaned and reshaped.

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Filling

A gutta-percha filling is used to fill the inside of the tooth where the pulp used to be. If the tooth is a molar, we will recommend that you have a dental crown placed to protect the vulnerable tooth.

Root Canal Treatment Options

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Anterior Root Canal

A root canal performed in a front tooth involves fewer canals. At the very front, these teeth only contain one canal. This means less time spent cleaning canals and potentially fewer appointments. Because these teeth are thinner, we also need to access the pulp chamber by drilling into the back of the tooth. Dental crowns are not always necessary.

Posterior Root Canal

When a root canal is performed in a tooth located at the rear of the mouth, we access the pulp chamber by drilling into the chewing surface of the tooth. These teeth can contain up to 4 canals in a single tooth, which may mean multiple appointments to complete the cleaning and reshaping process. A dental crown will need to be placed at a separate appointment to protect the weakened tooth to protect it from chewing forces.

Did you know…

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If a root canal fails, you can get root canal retreatment which has just as high of a success rate as the first root canal.

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