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If your dentist, Dr. James E. Gaff, has recommended restoring your tooth and smile with root canal treatment, you’re on the path toward a top-notch oral health! Unfortunately, root canal treatment has the reputation of being painful and nerve-wracking. At Dr. James E. Gaff, that won’t be the case. The root canal treatment we provide will be better than you have ever expected. To help you know more about root canals, our dental team is happy to answer commonly asked questions.

Why would I need a root canal?

Sometimes the internal core of the tooth, which is also called the dental pulp, can get infected and inflamed. This is often caused by severe tooth decay, a tooth crack, an extreme blow to the face, repeated dental treatments, or a tooth chip. The root canal treatment can save your tooth when other restorations cannot. This is often the last option before tooth extraction.

What are some symptoms of needing a root canal?       

There are many signs that could mean you need a root canal treatment, like:

-Severe pain

-Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks

-Tooth discoloration

-Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums

Unfortunately, there are times when there are no symptoms at all. The problem is usually detected during a dental cleaning and exam.

What is the process of root canal therapy?

The process of repairing a chomper with root canal therapy can take one to three appointments. First, your dentist will remove the decayed or infected pulp. Second, he will clean the pulp chamber and root canal. Third, he will fill and seal the tooth, oftentimes with a dental filling and dental crown.

For more information and details about root canal therapy in Jacksonville, Florida, please call Dr. James E. Gaff at 904-641-2655 and talk to a member of our dental team. We will be more than happy to give you the answers you’re looking for. We look forward to hearing from you!