When Should I Get a Root Canal?

If you have a tooth infection or badly damaged tooth in Jacksonville Beach, your dentist may recommend a root canal. Common causes of damaged or infected teeth include trauma, cracked tooth, or a deep cavity.

Root Canal Process
Your dentist will start by taking x-rays of your tooth to determine how bad the decay is and exactly which tooth needs work. You’ll receive a local anesthesia to freeze the affected area. The process is no more painful than a regular filling; however, it does take longer, so your mouth may sore afterwards from having been open for an extended period of time.

Once the area is frozen, your dentist will remove the diseased tooth pulp, clean and disinfect it, fill and seal it back up again. The roots are filled with special material and sealed cement. This effectively ‘deadens’ the tooth, so it is still functional, but in essence, has no roots attached.

After the Procedure
With proper daily oral care and regular dental visits, your tooth can last a lifetime, as root canals have a very high success rate. You will want to refrain from eating anything chewy or crunchy for a few days after the procedure.

Other Options
Sometimes, the affected tooth cannot be saved and your dentist may recommend that it be extracted. If this is the case, your dentist will freeze the local area and extract the tooth; a dental implant may be inserted as well. This process takes much less time than a root canal. However, your dentist will always try to save your natural tooth before recommending an extraction.

Some people opt for extraction instead of a root canal because it’s ‘easier’. But this can have long-term consequences as you lose your natural teeth. If you think you need dental work, talk to your root canal specialist in Jacksonville Beach for his/her recommendation.

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