Naples Dental and Wellness Center

Root Canals

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Naples, FL
Root Canals

Root Canals services offered in Naples, FL

Even a single damaged or decayed tooth can threaten your overall oral health. At Naples Dental and Wellness Center in Naples, Florida, experienced dentist Rodion Pinkhasov, DMD, can protect your smile with root canal therapy. This safe, effective procedure can save a tooth from extraction. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about root canals.

What are root canals?

A root canal is a restorative procedure that removes inflamed or infected pulp from a damaged tooth. This tooth-saving treatment is often the final alternative to an extraction. 

The tooth pulp is a collection of connective tissues in the center of your tooth chamber. With a series of nerves and blood vessels, the pulp is essential for your early tooth development. However, its role becomes less important once your tooth fully matures. 

When infection or damage reaches the tooth pulp, it can cause severe pain. Removing the pulp can ease the pain considerably and save the tooth from extraction.

When are root canals necessary?

A root canal is necessary when you’re in danger of losing a permanent tooth. A deeply cracked, infected, or decayed tooth may warrant a root canal. Understanding the warning signs of a damaged or decayed tooth is essential to ensure timely intervention that preserves your natural teeth.

Common warning signs you need a root canal include:

  • Persistent tooth pain
  • Pain when chewing
  • Darkened tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Swelling or tenderness around the gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Changes in tooth shape or size

Without treatment, an infected, damaged, or decayed tooth can threaten your oral health and cause additional pain. Seeking professional help at the first sign of trouble is the best way to preserve oral health and function.

What do root canals involve?

After numbing your tooth with a local anesthetic, Dr. Pinkhasov creates a small access hole to extract the pulp. He carefully removes the pulp and any surrounding tissue. Properly disinfecting the tooth chamber is essential to prevent reinfection. 

Once the chamber is clean, Dr. Pinkhasov inserts a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to replace the pulp. Finally, he seals the access hole to protect your treated tooth.

How can I protect my teeth after root canals?

Teeth treated with root canal therapy are vulnerable to decay and injury. To protect your tooth, Dr. Pinkhasov may recommend applying a dental crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that protects and restores your tooth.

Don’t wait to seek help for an injured or infected tooth. Call Naples Dental and Wellness Center today or schedule an appointment online to get the care you need.