Advanced Dental Care of Ocala
1500 SE 17th Street, Building 400, Ocala, FL 34471
Sometimes, decay or infection reaches the soft, pulpy tissue inside your tooth. When this occurs, you may feel severe pain, throbbing or general soreness around the affected tooth. A tooth injury or crack can also expose this soft tissue, leading to pain and dysfunction. Dental root canal surgery can help relieve your pain and repair your tooth’s infected roots. It does this by removing the infected tooth pulp and sealing the tooth so it remains intact and functional.
Unfortunately, your tooth pulp cannot repair itself once it’s infected or damaged. A root canal is the best way to rid your tooth of the infected tissue so you can save your tooth and return to your normal eating habits. Luckily, most infected teeth present a few warning signs. If you pay attention to these symptoms and seek treatment from our experienced dentists right away, you may be able to save your tooth. Here are a few of the warning signs to watch for:
The complexity of your situation may determine whether you see a general dentist or a specialist for your procedure. General dentists may perform simple root canals, but if your situation calls for specialized training, you may be referred to an endodontist. Endodontists have completed an extra two to three years of training beyond a general dentistry program. They focus on diagnosing and treating diseases, conditions, and injuries that affect the inner tooth. They’re often called on when root canals are complex or if a tooth requires re-treatment. Our mission is to provide you with the most qualified care possible, so call our practice today if you think you may need treatment. We’ll connect you with our skilled dentists so that we can help restore your tooth.
Simple root canals are fairly quick procedures, usually lasting one to two hours. They’re also relatively painless since your dentist uses local anesthesia to keep you pain-free during the procedure. You can also expect the following steps to occur during your treatment:
Root canals vary in price, depending on how damaged the tooth is and whether treatment is needed to prepare the tooth for the procedure. Other factors affecting your root canal cost include the number of roots in your tooth, and whether an endodontist or a general dentist treats you. Many of our patients find that they can reduce overall costs by using dental insurance to cover a portion of the procedure. Our dentists can develop a treatment plan for you and give you an estimate of your costs after a thorough evaluation. Give us a call to schedule your evaluation today.
Molar root canals are the most common type of endodontic procedure, but the treatment can save any type of tooth. If your tooth is still infected after unsuccessful treatment, you don’t necessarily have to resign yourself to losing the tooth altogether. There are a few endodontic alternatives, including an apicoectomy, which involves removing the tip of the root where infection may linger.
If you suffer from intense tooth pain, don’t risk your health by delaying care. Give our office a call to find out if a root canal in Ocala can save your tooth and relieve your pain. We can’t wait to help you restore your teeth, your smile and your health.