Root Canals

From Dr. James McCall in Jacksonville, FL

At James McCall Dentistry in Jacksonville, FL we often see patients kicking and dragging on their way in when they know they need a root canal. It’s something that no patient ever looks forward to, but is absolutely essential when you need to repair or save a tooth that is badly decayed and infected.

What is a Root Canal?

As stated previously, a root canal is a specific treatment to repair or save a tooth that is badly decayed and infected. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is then cleaned and sealed.

If you neglect treatment for a decayed tooth that requires a root canal, the tissue surrounding the tooth can become infected and form abscesses.

What are symptoms?

Sometimes there are no symptoms present when you need a root canal. Other times, you’ll notice the following conditions start to arise that will indicate that you need a root canal.

  • Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums

What is the root canal procedure?

A root canal may require more than one office visit depending on the severity of the infection and decay. To complete the procedure, our dentist will drill a hole into the tooth, which is called the access hole. At which point, the dentist will remove the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and any other surrounding debris. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, the dentist will seal it. Some dentists may decide to wait a week prior to sealing a tooth. If there is an infection that requires medication and treatment, then the dentist will wait before sealant is placed. After this is complete, the interior of the tooth will be filled with a sealer paste and rubber compound called gutta percha then the filling is added.

Contact us today at (904) 620-9225 to learn more about root canals or to schedule your appointment for treatment.