Root Canals in Port Orange
Have a Tooth Ache?
If you have been experiencing a toothache that has lasted more than a day or two, you may be suffering from an infected tooth. An infection indicates that you need immediate care from Drs. Helen and Joseph Smillie to prevent further complications, and save your tooth. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you can save your tooth with a root canal.
Restore Infected Teeth With
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is the best way to restore an infected tooth and reverse the damage of a tooth infection. Tooth infections happen when the hard, outer layers of enamel and dentin that protect the inside of your tooth become damaged. Tooth decay is a common cause of tooth infection, but trauma to the tooth can also crack it, and expose the interior of your tooth to oral bacteria. When this happens, the bacteria in your mouth attack the soft, vulnerable pulp inside your tooth, causing an infection. A root canal is used to remove infected tooth material, disinfect the area, and restore the tooth with a dental crown.
Saving an infected tooth with a root canal minimizes future costs and complications. Without proper care, the infection and decay may progress, and your tooth will eventually die. At this point, it will need to be extracted from your mouth, and replaced with a dental prosthesis like a partial denture, a dental bridge, or a dental implant.
Root Canal Process
The root canal process typically takes only 1-2 hours and is pain-free. The first step is to numb the treatment area, clean your teeth, and isolate the tooth that is being treated with a dental dam, to prevent the spread of oral bacteria.
Next, Dr. Helen or Dr. Joseph Smillie will use a dental drill to remove decayed and damaged enamel and to create a tiny hole in the tooth. Then, he will remove decayed and infected material from within your tooth, and clean it.
Once the tooth has been disinfected, it will be filled with a rubber-like material that will help support the remaining tooth structure. Then, you’ll have a temporary filling or crown placed. Once your tooth heals completely, you will come back to our office to have a permanent crown placed, which will cover and protect your remaining tooth structure, and prevent further damage.
About Root Canals?
If you have more questions about root canals at Smillie Dental, or you are in Port Orange and believe you have an infected tooth and may need a root canal, please contact us right away. The sooner you get treatment, the more likely we are to be able to save your tooth. You can get in touch with us at (386) 317-4754, or drop by our office at 5537 South Williamson Blvd, #675, Port Orange, Florida 32128 to schedule your appointment in person.
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