When you think about the term root canal therapy, what comes to mind? Is it a long, painful procedure that a scary, evil dentist might force you to endure for no good reason? Unfortunately, it seems that these days, root canals get a pretty bad rap. The idea of a root canal isn’t a foreign concept to most people, but do you know what it actually entails, and why it is necessary for preventing toothache and too loss?

Why Is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?

Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the inner layer, the dental pulp, becomes compromised as a result of an oral bacteria or as a result of deep dental cavities. The procedure prevents infection of the tooth, toothache, and tooth loss. Root canal therapy is a very sensitive procedure and it has to be performed with meticulous care and expertise. Drs. Pross, Kanter and Tindell have an excellent track record performing root canal therapy and have saved many dental patients from pain, tooth loss and having to seek an emergency dentist in Tampa.

FACT: Root canal therapy saves an average of 17 million teeth per year. That’s more teeth than the amount of people who live in the entire country of Greece (according to official population estimates by the UN). This procedure is crucial for saving teeth. At North Pointe Dental Affiliates, our dentists are extremely qualified to perform this procedure, saving teeth and contributing to your lifetime oral health.

Root Canal Therapy: Prevent Toothache and Tooth Loss

The tooth is comprised of three parts: the hard, protective enamel, the softer, sensitive dentin and the inner layer, a soft tissue known as dental pulp. The dental pulp contains nerve tissue, lymph tissue and blood vessels, and is considered the most essential part of the tooth. When dental pulp is compromised, it is treated and cleansed through root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy is generally performed under local anesthesia for maximum patient comfort. When an infection is present, antibiotics are given for a specific amount of time before to the procedure, although this may not be necessary. During root canal therapy, your dentist uses the most up-to-date, advanced dental tools to access the dental pulp chamber and carefully remove any diseased tissue and debris without damaging the rest of the tooth or the surrounding areas. To minimize damage to the surrounding ligaments and bone, our dentists can use X-rays and other high-tech tools to accurately perform the procedure. In this way, root canal therapy is a very delicate procedure. After the dental pulp is cleansed, the tooth is filled and a temporary filling is placed in order to seal the tooth. A dental crown or permanent filling is performed after root canal therapy to protect the enamel. It is possible that root canal therapy may lead to some discomfort and soreness for about three to five days after treatment. Drs. Pross, Kanter or Tindell will provide you with detailed after-care instructions and pain medicine. In many cases, over-the-counter pain relievers can help. In the end, the discomfort associated with root canal therapy is temporary, while the pain and suffering caused by infection and decay is difficult to treat.

When you need a root canal, look for a Tampa dentist  at North Pointe Dental Associates. We are a premier, full-service dental practice in Tampa, Florida. With an experienced, skilled dental team, our dentists at North Pointe have been delivering superb, personalized dental care and smile makeover procedures since 1976. From our friendly and welcoming front office staff, to our exceptional dental hygienists and dental techs, the entire North Pointe team is committed to your maximum oral health and optimal smile aesthetic. We utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure both your oral health and the beauty of your smile. We can help you protect and maintain the function and form of your teeth using advanced general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures, as well as state-of-the-art technology. Our ultimate goal is that when you smile; you smile with radiance, beauty and confidence. By offering a wide array of services, we prevent you from needing to be referred out, saving you time and stress. Our dentist emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. We believe that the best, comprehensive care starts with regular checkups and cleanings, and effective at-home oral health routines. We also provide exceptional services for restoring mouths damaged by dental disease or injury, and other common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today with Drs. Kanter, Tindell, and Pross today.