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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Root Canals  

A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a helpful procedure that removes the infection from the inside of a tooth and eliminates the need to extract it. Although root canals have been around a long time, many of Dr. Selena Marchan's patients in Jacksonville, Florida still have questions and concerns when they find out they need one. Below are the answers to some questions that dentists are frequently asked about root canals.

Why do I need a root canal?

There are several reasons why your Jacksonville dentist might decide you need a root canal. The main one is that decay has progressed to the point of being too large or invasive to treat with a regular cavity filling. An injury to the tooth may have irreversibly damaged the tissues inside the tooth. Previous restorations may have failed and require a more substantial treatment to repair them. In any case, Dr. Marchan will do a thorough examination and take x-rays to determine the need for a root canal.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canals from your Jacksonville dentist start with anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. An opening is made on the outside of the tooth to access the inner tissues, which are essentially "cleaned out" to leave the tooth hollow. The space inside the tooth is then filled with a rubber material to stabilize it. To further protect your tooth, Dr. Marchan will apply a crown on top; these are tooth-shaped restorations that are hollowed out to fit on top of the treated tooth and seal it off from any more damage. A temporary crown may be necessary at first while a more permanent one is created.

Does a root canal hurt?

A lot of dental patients feel anxious when they hear that they need a root canal. For reasons we don't understand, the reputation of painful root canals continues to persist despite the fact that dental anesthesia, recovery, and the procedures themselves have evolved to be simple to heal and virtually painless. In fact, a root canal can be thought of as a large cavity filling; the process is similar and the same numbing techniques will be used. If you are still feeling uneasy about having a root canal, your Jacksonville family dentist can suggest some sedation options to help you relax during your appointment.

For all dental procedures and treatments with Dr. Selena Marchan, your family dentist in Jacksonville, Florida, contact our office at (904) 221-5678 to talk with one of our friendly scheduling staff members.