The purpose of a root canal, or endodontic therapy, is to remove damaged or infected tissue within the center of a tooth. Doing this will not only eliminate pain associated with the infection, but it will also allow the tooth to be saved.
The most telling sign that a root canal may be needed is a spontaneous, unprovoked lingering toothache. At times, no pain may be present; however, swelling, tooth discoloration, pain upon biting, or prolonged sensitivity are symptoms that a root canal may be necessary.
What happens during endodontic therapy?
Dr. Rios and our team at Cypress Point Family Dentistry are able to complete most root canals in one visit, and most cases take only an hour from start to finish.
Before your root canal appointment, we may recommend that you receive an antibiotic a few days prior. This significantly reduces swelling around the tooth and assures the most profound anesthetic penetration.
During your root canal at our Jacksonville, FL dental office, Dr. Rios will numb your tooth with anesthetic. He will then remove the affected part of the tooth. All canals of the root are located, disinfected, shaped, measured, dried, and filled with a sealer and inert material called Gutta Percha. Since the tooth will become much weaker after the nerve and blood supply have been removed, we recommend a crown be placed for all posterior and in anterior teeth with major decay. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups at our Jacksonville dental office, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Why choose Cypress Point Family Dentistry for your root canal?
Our goal is to provide safe, comfortable, and efficient root canal therapy. We accomplish this by using advanced technology, optic magnification, and digital imaging for the best possible diagnosis and outcome.
Dr. Rios has extensive experience in root canal therapy and has completed more than 2,000 cases with a 98% success rate. For cases that display the presence of calcified roots, severe curvature, or fracture, we may recommend a consultation with our preferred endodontic specialist.