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.

Wesley Chapel, FL Root Canal

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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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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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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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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 in wesley chapel

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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.

If you need a root canal and are located in Wesley Chapel, Land O'Lakes, and other surrounding areas please give us a call! We proudly serve patients in those areas.

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.

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Absolutely 110 % recommend this Office. They do everything from simple cleanings to complicated root canals like mine ! I actually changed dentist that I had for years to this new office . My procedure was painless and the dr. went over everything to ease my anxiety. Truly a great Dr. And a amazing experience!!

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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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What Is Root Canal Therapy and Why Might I Need It?

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure that treats the inside of the tooth. This treatment becomes necessary when the pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the root canal, gets inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes, such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In some cases, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks.

How Is Root Canal Therapy Performed?

Root canal therapy is a multi-step process. First, Dr. Parikh will take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine whether there are any signs of infection in the surrounding bone. Then, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the area around the tooth. A small protective sheet called a dental dam is placed over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure. Dr. Parikh will then make an opening in the crown of the tooth and use very small instruments to clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals, and to shape the space for filling. After the space is cleaned and shaped, Dr. Parikh will fill the root canals with a biocompatible material and seal it with adhesive cement.

Is the Procedure Painful?

Root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful. However, most patients report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to seeking dental care is truly painful, not the procedure itself. At BayBreeze Dental, Dr. Parikh uses modern techniques and effective anesthesia to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. You will be completely numb during the treatment and should not feel anything. If you experience anxiety about dental procedures, talk to Dr. Parikh about sedation options.

What Should I Expect After Root Canal Therapy?

After the procedure, your tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. You should avoid biting or chewing on the treated tooth until it has been restored by your dentist. Dr. Parikh will send you home with specific after-care instructions. A follow-up visit may be needed to check the area and to plan further restoration if necessary. With proper care, even teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist After a Root Canal Procedure?

It's important to continue regular dental check-ups after a root canal procedure. Dr. Parikh may recommend more frequent visits initially to ensure that the tooth and surrounding gums are healing properly. These visits are an opportunity to monitor the restoration and address any concerns early, helping to maintain your oral health and extend the life of your treated tooth.