Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal in St. Petersburg, FL : Jeffrey A. Spilman, DDS

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Well to start out with, root canal is a misnomer. We aren’t really doing anything with the root, that’s the hard structure within the tooth. A root canal should be called canal therapy because we are removing the nerve from the tooth and many times the nerve is not even vital or living within the tooth, it’s just infected tissue. The reason a root canal got a horrible name over the years is because sometimes teeth are so infected that the anesthesia doesn’t work and patients who are in an awful lot of pain during the procedure. I think modern dentistry has allowed us to do two things, #1 we have better means of anesthetic to provide profound anesthetic for that procedure and #2 we have the ability to do a root canal in one appointment. It used to be that you would come back, even three times, to treat a tooth for a root canal and now we can do it all in one day.

What is a root canal? When people talk about uncomfortable and painful dental procedures that they hope they’ll never have to go through, they almost always mention root canal treatments. Root canals are even often used as references in common speech when people talk about incredibly unpleasant experiences. How often have you heard someone say something like, “I’d rather have a root canal procedure than visit my mother-in-law!”?

Those references do not apply when it comes to root canal treatments at Jeffery A. Spilman DDS. Dr. Spilman has copious experience with performing root canal in St. Petersburg, FL quickly and efficiently with the least discomfort possible. When this procedure is necessary, we will ensure that your treatment is completed in a single visit, and we can perform crown preparation in the same visit, as well, for your convenience.

Why Root Canals are Performed and How They Work

If you have tooth decay or damage that has progressed beyond the enamel and reached the soft inner pulp (the root canal) of one of your teeth, you are very likely going to need root canal treatment. When decay reaches this far into the tooth, infection is not far behind.

When the tooth becomes infected, its pulp must be removed to avoid spreading infection to the jaw and other teeth. To ensure that no further infection occurs and to keep the tooth healthy, the pulp must then be refilled with a permanent, inert substance. Depending on how much material must be removed, pins may be put in place to stabilize and build up the tooth.

After the replacement synthetic pulp material is injected into the tooth and any pins are put in place, Dr. Spilman will place a temporary filling in the tooth. An impression can then be taken, and preparation can be made to get the tooth ready for its permanent crown.

Because the impression must be sent to a lab to create the crown, we will put a temporary crown in place to cover your tooth until the permanent crown arrives and can be installed. The entire procedure takes two visits, and once it is done you’ll have no pain or discomfort in the tooth anymore. Better yet, your crown will be specially selected to match the shade of your other teeth as closely as possible. You’ll be able to smile with confidence, knowing that it looks and feels completely natural.

Dr. Spilman is very experienced in performing root canal in St. Petersburg, FL , even on molars. We will work with you and do everything we can to avoid sending you to a specialist or requiring multiple visits. We will also walk you through everything you need before, during, and after your procedure for the best results and the best dental health. Root canal treatment don’t have to be scary or painful procedures when you choose Jeffery A. Spilman DDS in St. Petersburg, FL. Call 727-645-4727 today for more information or to schedule a consultation about root canal in St. Petersburg, FL. You can also request an appointment using our online contact form.