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Root Canal Therapy – Crystal River, FL

Comprehensive Therapy to Save Your Tooth

Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy is not a painful or dangerous treatment. Not only is it in many cases the only way to save teeth severely damaged by decay, but it’s a relatively painless procedure from start to finish. The idea that it’s painful largely stems from the infection that’s developed inside the tooth, not the treatment itself. If you have dental pain and aren’t sure what’s causing it, please call Dr. Gordon-Lindner and her team today to set up an appointment!

Dentist in Crystal River performing root canal therapy

Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

Woman with tooth pain visiting a dentist in Crystal River

Decay has a tendency to develop in silence, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any symptoms whatsoever that can indicate you need root canal therapy performed. For example, you’ll want to pay close attention for any of the following:

  • Persistent or chronic discomfort
  • Sensitivity to very hot or cold stimuli that does not go away after exposure
  • Tooth discoloration (typically dark brown, black, gray, or yellow)
  • Swollen gums around the infected tooth
  • Pain while biting down or touching the tooth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Loosen or micromovements in teeth

Remember that root canal therapy is performed to treat your chronic pain as well as prevent the need for an extraction, making it the most ideal scenario. Replacing a missing tooth is more complex, time-consuming, and expensive than root canal therapy could ever be.

The Root Canal Process

Diagram showing how root canal therapy in Crystal River works

Dental infections typically develops as a result of broken enamel or a large cavity leaving the center of the tooth exposed to bacteria. This makes it easier for it to reach the sensitive pulp. In order to remove the infection and any decayed tissue, our team will start by administering a local anesthetic to remove all sensations during treatment. If you are receiving sedation, we’ll provide it at this stage as well. Then, we’ll create a small hole in the top of the tooth in order to access the pulp that’s dead or decayed as well as causing pain.

After irrigating the root canal as thoroughly as possible, we’ll place gutta percha, a rubber-like material designed to replace the pulp that was removed and reduce the risk of future infection. From there, we’ll place a temporary crown to cover the tooth until you’re permanent crown is created.

The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal

Patient smiling after root canal therapy in Crystal River

There are many benefits to getting root canal therapy to save teeth. Not only is treatment not nearly as difficult or painful to complete as people say (most patients equate it to receiving a dental filling), but it helps prevent the need for removing the tooth entirely. This is both beneficial to your wallet and your long-term oral health.

Additionally, once the permanent crown is attached, no one but our office will know you even had a root canal performed. Your restored tooth can go on to remain healthy for many years (and even the rest of your life) when practicing proper at-home oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing daily as well as completing routine dental checkups and exams every six months.