If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, Dr. James E. Gaff may recommend a root canal in Jacksonville, Florida:
- Severe toothache
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Darkening of a tooth
- Swelling and pain in the gums
- A recurring pimple on the gums
Root canal therapy is a procedure to treat and save damaged and infected teeth. Your teeth contain tiny passageways called root canals that contain pulp (blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue) which nourishes your teeth. When that pulp becomes infected or decayed, it is removed by performing root canal therapy.
Most root canal treatments are performed in one visit. Our dentist will numb your gums surrounding the affected tooth so that you do not feel any pain during the procedure. A very fine drill is then used to create a small hole in the top or back of the tooth to access the pulp and remove the infection.
Next, the canal will be prepared to receive a filling, and then the tooth is permanently sealed with a crown. Your newly restored tooth has the potential to remain healthy for a very long time.
To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact our dental office today.