When detected early enough, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or a similar procedure to clean the tooth structure and seal the area. However, if the decay moves past the enamel and dentin layers and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be needed to restore its health. Also called endodontic treatment, root canal therapy from Orlando Advanced Dentists removes the decayed pulp from the tooth, disinfects the inner portion and canals, and then uses a filling material to strengthen the tooth from within. Experienced general dentist Dr. Patricia Roach may recommend this therapy to Lake Mary, FL men and women because it not only treats and saves an infected tooth, but it can keep the infection from spreading and impacting other aspects of health.
If you think you need to have a root canal, we understand if you have reservations about undergoing the procedure. A root canal is a very common dental therapy, yet many people shy away from going to see a dentist for a toothache because of anxiety and fear. Dr. Roach and our caring team offer a gentle approach and strive to keep you at ease and relaxed when visiting us for treatment. However, we also offer sedation for any anxiety that you may experience when undergoing dental care. Contact Orlando Advanced Dentists to arrange a consultation with Dr. Roach and learn more about root canal therapy with sedation dentistry.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"I took both my parents to Dr. Pitts after their two separate Orlando dentists could not resolve their dental problems. For example, an Orlando dentist told my father he needed several fillings, so I accompanied my father on the next visit. When asked about the cavities, the dentist said there was none. I took my father to another local dentist, who said my father needed two root canals (he did have one achy tooth); he did one root canal and was to do the second a month later, but because the first one was done incorrectly, we did not go back (my father had long roots, so the dentist ground down the tooth too far, instead of using the proper-length file to clean the root to the correct depth, which caused the crown to sit on the gums and irritate the gums). After some internet research, I found Dr. Pitts, who had superior technical training and the expertise, as well as the reputation of being voted, by dentists, as one of the best Orlando-area dentists. Even though her office was 30 miles from my parent’s home, it was worth the drive to meet THE BEST dentist in Central Florida. Dr. Pitts and her staff are exceedingly professional, friendly, and competent. Most of all, I TRUST them to do the work that is required, and not more. Subsequently, I took my mother to see Dr. Pitts after my mother spent over a year trying to resolve a dental problem with her own dentist. Finally, Dr. Pitts is also my dentist, even though her office is over 60 miles from my house, but she is worth it because I trust her and I know she will do the job right the first time. Thank-you Dr. Pitts, Mandy, Carol, Donna, Heather, Tanya, and all the staff for taking good care of our dental needs!"- A.C. / Google / Oct 25, 2012
An infection in the pulp of a tooth might be caused by a severe crack, deep cavity, or physical trauma that occurs to the tooth. Common signs that you might have a tooth infection are tooth or jaw pain, swelling, a bump in the gums around the tooth, or changes in the color of the tooth. If the infected pulp is not treated, the pain and swelling may increase as the infection spreads to the rest of the mouth. Schedule an appointment at Orlando Advanced Dentists at your earliest convenience if you notice something abnormal in your mouth. If you have reservations or fears about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable during your dental treatment.
What To Expect
Before your root canal visit, Dr. Roach will spend time discussing your sedation and anesthetic options. We want you to feel at ease and relaxed while you are at our office. Though we take special care to thoroughly numb a tooth before treatment, several patients opt for anxiolytic sedation when undergoing root canal therapy. Dr. Roach understands and empathizes with those who have dental phobias and will help you make the best decision for your sedation needs.
During an endodontic procedure, Dr. Roach will access the inner chamber of your tooth and carefully extract the affected pulp. She will meticulously clean out and reshape the inside pulp chamber along with the internal portions of the roots to remove any remaining decay. The entire tooth will then be disinfected and sterilized. To conclude the procedure, the tooth will be filled with a special material and sealed with a sedative filling to allow for healing to begin. Once the tooth is fully healed, Dr. Roach will likely recommend a dental crown to protect, cover, and restore function to your root canal-treated tooth.
Depending on the type of sedation that was used, you may need to have a responsible adult take you home after your appointment. Your mouth may feel tender or swollen, but these symptoms are minor and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. We ask that you arrange for a checkup six months after your root canal. Dr. Roach will determine if the infection has been controlled and whether your mouth has healed. After that, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and biannual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to developments in the dental industry, root canal therapy can be an effective way to treat an infected tooth. Along with different levels of sedation, your root canal at Orlando Advanced Dentists can be comfortable and save you from tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our team in Orlando, FL to arrange a consultation with Dr. Roach for more information on root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.