In a given year in the United States, dental practitioners perform over 15 million root canal procedures. Because a root canal is highly effective for treating your tooth without having to pull it, the dental experts at HG Doctors provide advanced root canal procedures and second opinion evaluations in Florida. Click on the online request tool to book your root canal exam or call to speak with a team member directly.
Root Canal Q & A
Why do I need a root canal?
It’s important to keep your natural teeth in place if possible to minimize tissue and bone loss. The purpose of a root canal is to keep your tooth intact while removing any soft tissues on the inside that are damaged or infected. Your dentist may recommend a root canal if you have:
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- A fractured or broken tooth
- Sore, swollen, tender gums
- Deep decay or infection (abscess)
- Pain while biting or chewing
You may also need a root canal if you have an old filling that’s decayed or that fell out, but it’s too big to replace.
What happens during a root canal?
HG Doctors specializes in modern root canal procedures that are fast, effective, and virtually painless. Your dentist begins by thoroughly numbing your treatment area and making a small hole in your tooth.
Using thin dental tools, your dentist accesses the inside of your tooth through the hole. They carefully extract the pulp, which contains tiny vessels, nerves, and connective tissues, then reshape the inner root of your tooth.
Your dentist thoroughly cleans out the inside of your tooth and places a rubbery substance (gutta-percha) in the opening as the final step. Most patients at HG Doctors describe this entire root canal process as being similar to getting a filling.
Do I need a crown after a root canal?
It depends, but crowns are common. Once your root canal is complete, if your dentist only had to make a small opening, they may seal the area with a composite bonding filling. For larger openings, your dentist might reshape your tooth and prep it for a crown.
Because it takes about 2-3 weeks for the dental lab to fabricate your crown, the team at HG Doctors designs a temporary crown to cover and protect your tooth. When your new crown is ready, the team schedules you for a short follow-up visit to have it bonded into place.
If you have a painful tooth or know you need a root canal, the dental experts at HG Doctors can help. Request your dental exam either online or over the phone today.