Advanced Dental Care of Tampa
3904-H W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614
If your tooth is very painful or keeping you from biting or chewing normally, you’re tooth’s soft inner pulp tissue may be damaged. A tooth’s pulp can become damaged from a deep cavity that has not been treated or from a broken or cracked tooth that leaves the pulp exposed. When the pulp is exposed to decay or bacteria, it becomes infected and needs to be removed before it leads to more serious and permanent tooth damage. Endodontic surgeries, or root canals, remove this infected pulp, permanently relieving your symptoms and restoring your tooth’s function.
You may need a root canal if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
These symptoms are also common for other dental problems, so it’s important to have a knowledgeable dentist make a diagnosis and treatment plan for you. If you are experiencing any of the warning signs we’ve listed above, call our office today. We’ll schedule you with one of our dentists who can help determine if a dental root canal can save your tooth.
If you’re concerned about a possible tooth infection, call our office for an appointment with our experienced dentist. Once your case has been evaluated, we’ll connect you with the skilled provider who can best treat your tooth. For simple root canals, you may be treated by a general dentist. For more complicated surgeries, you may be referred to a specialist known as an endodontist. Endodontists focus on diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the interior of the tooth. With their extra two years of dental training, endodontists are qualified to perform a variety of dental surgeries, including re-treatment of root canals, placement of dental implants and treatment of traumatic tooth injuries.
There are usually three stages to simple root canals: preparation, the procedure itself and follow-up. The preparation and procedure take one to two hours, and you usually come back to our office in a couple of weeks for the follow-up appointment. Here’s what you can expect during your procedure:
Your individual needs will help determine your cost for dental root canal treatment. The type of tooth being treated greatly affects the overall price. That’s because front teeth have just one root, while molars have four roots. Molar roots are more complicated to treat because they’re difficult to reach and often curved in a “c” or “s” shape. Other issues affecting your cost include the extent of your tooth’s infection, whether you need additional treatments before or after the procedure and whether a general dentist or an endodontist performs the treatment.
Root canals can be effective for any type of tooth, but they most frequently save damaged molars. Apicoectomy might be an option for patients with unsuccessful prior treatment, as it removes any lingering diseased tissue and the tip of the tooth root. A pediatric pulpotomy is an option for some kids, removing diseased tissue while leaving nerves intact.
Root canals may be notoriously dreaded, but the use of local anesthetics helps us ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. There’s no reason to risk your health by delaying treatment, call us now to find out if your tooth can be saved. We’re honored to be trusted with your dental health and look forward to helping you find pain relief with a root canal in Tampa.