Root Canal

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Tampa, FL

Root Canal
Root Canal services offered in Tampa, FL

When left untreated, infected teeth can turn into serious oral health problems or even cause permanent tooth loss. At Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, Juliet Bulnes-Newton, DMD, Diplomate-ABDSM, and the expert team offer root canals to restore an affected tooth, strengthen it, and prevent future problems. Call the office to find out if you need a root canal or use the online booking feature today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a restorative dental procedure in which your dentist removes damaged or infected tissues from the inside of your tooth (pulp) and fills the tooth with dental materials to eliminate infection and prevent future decay. 

Opting for a root canal before it's too late can save an affected tooth from becoming loose or falling out. See the Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry team at the first sign of a problem.

What are the signs I might need a root canal?

The most common reasons for needing a root canal are infections and severe tooth damage or decay. Signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Pus near your gum line
  • Hot or cold sensitivity 
  • Facial or gum swelling
  • Visible hole in your tooth

When in doubt about whether you need a same-day dental evaluation, call the Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry office and speak with a friendly provider who answers your questions. 

Is a root canal right for me?

A root canal is just one restorative dental procedure you may need. To find out if it’s the right treatment for you, the Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry team reviews your oral health history and symptoms. They examine your teeth and gums and take dental X-rays, before personalizing your restorative dental treatment plan.  

What happens during a root canal?

During the first step of a root canal, your dentist numbs the treatment area to make sure you avoid discomfort. Your dentist also offers you a sedative if you feel anxious. 

They open up the top part of your tooth, remove decay and bacteria, clean the inside of the tooth, and fill it with dental materials. Your dentist then seals the tooth and may place a crown to further protect your tooth.

What should I expect after the procedure?

After receiving a root canal, the treatment area may feel tender for a day or two. You might take over-the-counter pain relievers or ice the affected tooth. 

Take good care of your newly restored tooth by flossing daily, brushing your teeth after meals, and not chewing on hard objects. See the Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry team every six months for dental cleanings and exams.

To find out if you need a root canal, call the Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry office or book an appointment online today.