Orange City and Deltona, FL
A root canal can save a tooth and protect its valuable interior structure, even if that tooth has been severely damaged. Thanks to advances in dental science, undergoing a root canal is more convenient and comfortable than ever. Let’s learn more about how your Orange City dentist, Dr. Terry Soule, performs this procedure.
When is a root canal recommended?
Usually, a root canal is recommended when damage, decay, or infection has extended to the interior of a tooth. This interior also is known as the pulp of the tooth includes the soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. An infection in this vital interior structure could lead to an abscess —a potentially dangerous situation that even can jeopardize your life if the infected bacteria leak into your bloodstream, where it can cause organ failure and even death. A root canal, however, removes the diseased tissue, along with the harmful bacteria, and then the tooth’s canals are sealed to prevent further infection.
What can cause the type of damage that requires a root canal?
An injury or trauma to a tooth, with or without any noticeable damage such as a crack, could cause the internal blood supply to die, which results in discoloration. These types of cases may or may not cause any pain. Other reasons a root canal may be needed are in cases of severe damage such as a broken tooth or severe decay where the internal structure of the tooth becomes compromised and exposed to bacteria.
Signs of an infection that may necessitate a root canal include:
- Swelling, which could manifest in the face or neck
- Bone deterioration near the tip of the tooth root, only seen on a dental X-ray
- Drainage or oozing along the gums
- Loose tooth
- Foul smelling breath
- Severe, throbbing pain that does not subside
- Gray or discolored tooth
What can I expect from having a root canal at Terry Soule, DDS?
Any root canal procedure at our Orange City office entails multiple appointments.
First, you will receive a local anesthetic, ensuring that you do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your Deltona dentist Dr. Soule will remove all the damaged portion of the tooth, and clean out the canals of the tooth’s root. Once all the damaged area has been removed, the canals are filled with a permanent material, and then the tooth is prepared for a dental crown. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth until your permanent restoration is made, which usually takes a week or two.
You will return for a follow-up appointment to complete the procedure by receiving your permanent dental crown. Made with beautiful dental porcelain, our crowns replace the exterior of the tooth, and can be tailored to match the shape and color of your other adjacent natural teeth. A crown is necessary following a root canal to add strength and durability to the tooth.
If you have had a root canal because of an infection, Dr. Soule may prescribe an antibiotic, especially if the infection is significant.
Do I need a root canal?
Even with the strides that have made in dental technology, a root canal remains an advanced and intensive procedure. You should be evaluated by a dentist with a knowledge of endodontics, or a specialist in root canals, who will determine if a root canal is needed or not.
Common symptoms of a patient who needs a root canal include:
- A severe toothache, which often appears suddenly or begins when you chew food
- Extreme, prolonged sensitivity to heat and cold
- Mysterious discoloration of the tooth
- Swollen or tender gums, or a recurring pimple on the gums
- Ear or jaw pain
Make sure to choose an endodontist or dentist with experience in root canals such as Dr. Soule to perform this complex procedure. If you think you might need a root canal, or another medical professional has recommended you receive one, call our office at (386) 775-1552 to schedule a consultation.
Terry Soule, DDS, is proud to provide comprehensive oral health care services to patients living in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City in Florida.