Without treatment from a doctor for root canals, pus from the infected tooth can spread to the root tip and eventually pass to the jaw bone.
This can cause a tooth abscess, or a pus pocket, that can damage the bone that surrounds the tooth. The pressure this causes can result in excruciating pain and, if left untreated, can be life threatening. An infected tooth or one that is suffering from tooth decay cannot heal on its own and will only get worse.
"Endo" is the Greek word for "inside" and "odont" is Greek for "tooth." Endodontic treatment in Jacksonville, FL treats the inside of the tooth. Microscopic root canal treatment is one type of endodontic treatment. To understand endodontic treatment, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development.
The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is important during a tooth's growth and development. However, once a tooth is fully mature it can survive without the pulp, because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Endodontic treatment in Jacksonville, FL is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to a tooth abscess.
During the procedure, Dr. Sandor will remove the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully clean and shape the inside of the canal, a channel inside the root, then fill and seal the space. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
What can you expect after treatment?
After your treatment has been completed, your general dentist will be informed. It is important that you contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of your root canal treatment. Your general dentist will decide what type of restoration is necessary to protect the tooth. After the procedure you should continue to practice good daily hygiene.
While very rare, it is possible for endodontic patients to experience complications after their procedure. If a problem does occur our office is available at all times to respond and get you the emergency dental care you need.
How much will my root canal cost?
The cost of a root canal treatment can vary depending on factors such as the severity of damage and which tooth is affected. In most cases, endodontic treatment is less expensive than having a tooth extracted and then replaced with an artificial tooth.
Dr. Sandor is great! Root canals are not fun but he make it as easy as they can be! He is very informative and will answer all your questions to put you at ease. He explains everything as he goes so there are no surprises. I would highly recommend him.
- Heidi Ruff