Root Canal Therapy

Are you suffering from a painful tooth infection that is impacting your ability to eat and live normally? When an infection reaches the root of your tooth, root canal treatment may be able to save your tooth from extraction. Our skilled restorative dentist, Dr. Toan Tran is experienced at performing gentle root canal therapy that can restore the health of your tooth and relieve your pain. After a root canal treatment, Dr. Tran will place a crown over the tooth to strengthen it and protect it from further infection.

Why Root Canal Therapy?

If you develop a dental infection with acute pain, root canal therapy may be recommended to save your tooth, and eliminate your discomfort. Infection of the tooth pulp can be caused by deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, tooth injury or an untreated crack or chip in your tooth. If treating the pulp of your tooth to remove infection and painful nerve tissue is required, Dr. Tran will provide expert diagnosis and a gentle, precise treatment that will restore the health of your smile.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

  • Virtually painless
  • Saves your natural tooth
  • Efficient and cost-effective
  • Relieves your pain
  • Restores the function of your tooth
  • Natural-looking results

The Root Canal Process

Root canal therapy and crown restoration typically takes place over two visits to our office. During your first visit, Dr. Tran will create a small access chamber in the top of your tooth through which he can reach the soft pulp that fills the inside of your tooth. All infected pulp will then be gently removed from the root canals. The emptied root canals and center of your tooth will be shaped and treated to eliminate bacteria. When your tooth is free of bacteria and infection, the inside of the tooth will be sealed and the chamber filled with gutta percha, a soft rubber compound. Dr. Tran will then shape the tooth to receive a crown for added support. We will make impressions of your tooth, and place a temporary crown as your permanent crown is being crafted. The temporary crown will make it possible for you to chew and smile normally until your next appointment.

At your next appointment, your custom permanent crown will be placed on your tooth by Dr. Tran. In most cases, this second appointment will take place about two to four weeks after he performs the root canal procedure. Dr. Tran will prepare your tooth for the crown and then securely affix the crown to your tooth, making sure the fit is comfortable.

Despite the painful reputation of root canal treatment, today's effective local anesthetic and technology allow Dr. Tran to perform root canal therapy with minimal discomfort. If you are anxious about your treatment, we offer light sedation with nitrous oxide to keep you comfortable throughout the process. Our patients report that undergoing root canal therapy is similar to receiving a dental filling, and once completed, they experience great relief.

Do You Have a Painful Tooth?

Don't wait until the pain becomes so acute that treatment is needed on an emergency basis. Give us a call at (813) 544-6778 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Tran to diagnose the cause of your tooth pain. If you need root canal therapy and a crown, we can comfortably treat you in our Oldsmar dentist office.

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