Root Canal Treatment
What is a Root Canal?
If you are suffering from a toothache or any symptom of a dental infection, you may need root canal treatment. Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a procedure that repairs and preserves a badly damaged or infected tooth. Root Canals can be a vital treatment for both your oral and physical health. An infection can occur when oral bacteria penetrates far past your dental enamel and affects the soft pulp in the central chamber of your tooth. Blood vessels and nerve endings are in the soft pulp, as the bacteria multiplies, the infection can spread down the nerve endings through your root canals. When the pulp becomes infected, typically due to deep decay, cracks, chips, repeated dental procedures or trauma, immediate endodontic treatment is necessary to relieve pain and protect the tooth. Without this treatment, your infection could intensify and spread not only destroying your tooth but in rare cases entering your bloodstream and threatening your life. With over 30 years of experience the dentists at Ocala Dental Care have helped thousands of patients save their teeth, alleviate pain and stop the spread of infection with endodontic therapy.
As experts in root canal treatment, Dr. Metcalfe, Dr. DeLeon and Dr. Woo utilize the latest advanced techniques to provide more accurate and comfortable treatments. Patients typically have little to no discomfort and minimal post procedural sensitivity. We eliminate all infection and restore your tooth with a dental crown. Working with a local skilled ceramist, we can often complete the procedure in a single day, restoring your oral functioning and protecting your long-term health.
When is a Root Canal Necessary? What are the Symptoms?
A root canal is the most common treatment for dental infection. Over 25 million root canals are performed every year in dental offices throughout the country. The dentists at Ocala Dental Care may recommend a root canal if you are suffering from the following symptoms:
- Moderate to severe persistent tooth pain when eating warm foods or drinking hot liquids. In some cases, pain may also be felt when consuming cold foods or liquids.
- You experience pain when chewing, applying pressure or biting down on the tooth.
- You have pain that starts in one tooth and subsequently spreads to other areas of your jaw or head. For example, you have tooth pain in the upper back of your mouth which seems to move to your ear, causing an earache.
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night.
- You have unexplained, chronic bad breath.
- Your tooth is dark or discolored or with internal (intrinsic) stains.
- Your gums have abscesses.
In some cases, we may recommend a root canal for a cracked tooth, when the crack is relatively large.
What is the Root Canal Procedure?
Prior to recommending a root canal, the dentists at Ocala Dental Care will take x-rays of your tooth to assess the extent of the infection, its precise location and if a root canal is necessary. If root canal therapy is the optimal treatment for you, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth. You will feel little to no pain during the procedure. All bacteria and infected pulp will be removed, and the tooth will be prepped for crown placement.
If you are suffering from symptoms of an infection, do not let your oral or physical health go unprotected. Each patient’s situation is unique. Let the professionals at Ocala Dental Care assess your individual needs and help you determine the best approach. Contact us today to find out if you are a candidate for root canal treatment.
Why Choose Ocala Dental Care?
Onsite Dental Lab
Our in-house dental lab uses only quality materials for a host of treatments and procedures. Having a dental lab on-site allows us to offer a quick turnaround on procedures including dentures, crowns, denture repair, and other services.
One Stop Shop
Ocala Dental Care's dental lab is a one-stop shop for all your dental needs. Be it crafting new prosthetics or repairing your existing dentures on the same day, we offer comprehensive solutions.
Same Day Denture Repair
We can reline and repair your old denture using advanced materials at our onsite dental lab, often in one day. You no longer need to depend on sub-par alternatives when you damage your dentures.
Same Day Service
We offer same-day dentistry services, including dentures, denture repair, crowns, bridges, tooth extractions and fillings.
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