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Root Canals – Gainesville, FL

Saving Teeth From Extraction

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When an infection enters the innermost layer of a tooth, time is of the essence. What can start out as a minor toothache can quickly develop into a serious problem. From increasing pain to possible tooth extraction, Drs. Art and Kim Mowery will need to move swiftly in order to save your tooth and prevent further damage. In situations such as these, root canals in Gainesville are the only effective way to treat an infected tooth. Find out more about this beneficial treatment and how to tell if you need the assistance of Drs. Art and Kim Mowery by calling us today.

What is a Root Canal?

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A root canal is a surgical procedure that removes harmful bacteria from the infected root canal within your tooth. As a form of endodontic treatment, which means to treat the inside of the tooth, the infected and inflamed pulp that is at the center of your tooth is removed.

By cleaning out the decayed and infected area, it can be filled to prevent reinfection and ultimately, save a tooth in Gainesville from possible removal.

Signs and Symptoms of Needing a Root Canal

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Apart from the pain you may be experiencing, you might not recognize the signs or symptoms that are associated with needing a root canal. The best solution is to schedule an appointment with Drs. Art and Kim to have them examine your oral cavity and look at what is happening beneath the surface. Through a visual examination and X-rays, they will be able to tell if you are in need of a root canal.

The reasons they might recommend this type of procedure include:

  • Severe decay
  • Damage such as cracks or chips in the tooth
  • A defective dental crown
  • Multiple dental procedures that have caused your teeth to weaken

However, before you even see our team for an exam, there are other signs and symptoms that can lead you to believe that a root canal is in your future:

  • Pain while chewing or biting
  • Pimples that appear on the gums
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages

How Does the Procedure Work?

A patient preparing for a root canal

The easiest way to explain how a root canal works is by following these steps:

  • Your dentist will begin by numbing the tooth and the area surrounding it, including your gums, with local anesthesia. This will ensure you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.
  • A small hole will be made in the enamel of your tooth to allow us to navigate down into the inner layer.
  • Removing the infected pulp, we will clean the area thoroughly before sanitizing it.
  • The last step will be to fill the tooth with a rubber-like material (i.e. gutta-percha) and cover it with a custom-made dental crown.

Your restoration will be created in a dental lab by technicians who will match the color, size, and shape of your crown to your natural teeth. This will make it possible to have a seamlessly blended smile.

Are Root Canals Painful?

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While this is a common misconception, root canals are not the reason for your pain. In fact, the procedure itself is designed to remove the infection that is causing immense pain. You can expect some discomfort during your recovery time, but as long as you take the prescribed pain medication or antibiotics as instructed by your dentist, you can expect the pain to dissipate within a few days.

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