Root canal therapy, often just called a “root canal,” for short, is an endodontic procedure that’s meant to treat an infected tooth and relieve the pain of a toothache. In a root canal, Dr. Tommy Dorsey will open up the tooth, remove infected material, and then fill and cap the tooth to protect it from further damage.
Root canals are the fastest, most affordable, and simplest way to repair teeth that have become infected due to untreated decay or dental injuries. Think you may need a root canal in Ocoee, FL? Contact Colonial Drive Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation today.
Finally, Dr. Dorsey will fill your tooth with a rubbery material called “gutta-percha.” This replaces the missing pulp. Next, he will cover your tooth with a temporary crown. You’ll come back in a few weeks to get a permanent crown, which will cover and protect your newly-treated tooth.
Dr. Dorsey is an expert in endodontic treatment in Ocoee, FL. We offer both posterior and anterior root canal therapy, so we can restore teeth anywhere in your mouth.
“Anterior” means “front,” so anterior root canal therapy is the treatment of tooth infections that affect the front teeth. These teeth are thinner and more difficult to work with than the rear teeth. Instead of creating an opening on the top of the tooth, Dr. Dorsey must create an opening on the lingual surface of your tooth, which is the part that your tongue touches. As an expert endodontist, Dr. Dorsey can provide treatment even for complex cases involving the anterior teeth.
Posterior root canal therapy involves the “posterior” (rear) teeth, such as the molars and premolars. These teeth are larger, and Dr. Dorsey can create an opening on the top of the tooth, which simplifies the treatment process. Posterior root canal therapy is more common than anterior root canal therapy. That’s because tooth decay and infections are more common in the rear teeth. The rear teeth have lots of natural grooves, pits, and nooks that can hold food particles, bacteria, and acid, which contributes to a higher risk of decay and infection.