Root Canals in Belleair
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This simple procedure can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for more involved treatment.
Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic therapy) is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, all the living tissue inside the tooth is removed and the resulting space is filled with special medicated dental materials. This results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future infections. This simple procedure can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for more involved treatment.
With today’s technological advances, root canal therapy is simpler and more comfortable for the patient. Usually, treatment is completed in just one visit. Traditional root canal treatment had earlier been tedious and could be uncomfortable. New technologies in automated equipment and materials allow Dr. Gumm to provide a more precise and complete treatment in less time and with less discomfort.
Once a root canal has been completed, the tooth now requires a crown to protect the tooth, prevent it from breaking and restore it to its full function.
Signs and symptoms of a need for root canal therapy
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Severe toothache pain
- Swelling and/or tenderness
- Sometimes no symptoms are present
Reasons for endodontic therapy
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp (living tissue inside the tooth)
- Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
- Injury or trauma to the tooth