Root Canal Therapy in Ocoee

What Is A Root Canal?

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 Preventative & Comprehensive Dentistry to schedule a consultation today.

How It Works: The Root Canal Treatment Process

Numbing and preparation

To begin the process, Dr. Dorsey will clean the treatment area, numb your mouth, and isolate the tooth to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Opening up the tooth

Next, Dr. Dorsey will use special laser dental tools to create an opening in your tooth. This allows him to access and remove the infected pulp and other material from inside your tooth.

Cleaning and sanitizing the tooth

Dr. Dorsey will use special tools to remove infected tooth material from inside your tooth. Once he’s cleaned it out completely, he will sanitize the inside of your tooth by flushing it with a special disinfectant.

Restoring the tooth

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.

Types Of Root Canals

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 Root Canal Therapy

“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

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.

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What Are The Signs Of An Infected Tooth?

A toothache is a very common sign of an infected tooth. If you have a toothache that just gets worse after 1-2 days, you may want to schedule a consultation at our office. However, not all tooth infections cause significant pain.

You should also look out for changes in the color of the tooth or the gums near the tooth, gum inflammation, and tooth/gum sensitivity and tenderness. In some cases, tooth infections can even cause swelling or a fever.

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

No. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort during your treatment, and you can get back to your normal routine right after your appointment at Colonial Drive Preventative & Comprehensive Dentistry. In fact, root canal therapy is the best way to get rid of the pain of a toothache, which can be excruciating and may interfere with your day-to-day life.

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