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Root Canals – Orlando, FL

Save Your Tooth and Get Out of Pain Fast

Woman touching her cheek in pain

When you need dental work to repair a cavity or fracture, Dr. Russo always recommends the most conservative treatment such as a dental filling or crown. But when the damage is more severe, it often means the nerve of the tooth is infected, which can only be treated with either a root canal or extraction. Root canals in Orlando not only address the infection but also save the tooth so it can continue functioning for many years. And while this procedure may have a bad reputation, rest assured that Dr. Russo makes it virtually pain-free. If you’re dealing with a painful toothache or have any questions, give us a call today. We’ll help you feel better fast and maintain your long-term oral health at the same time.

Symptoms That Indicate the Need For Root Canal Therapy

Digital image of a tooth with a root canal

Here are some of the most common symptoms you may notice if you need a root canal:

  • Pain or sensitivity that lingers after eating something hot or cold
  • A severe toothache
  • A pimple-like bump on the gums or facial swelling, both of which indicate an abscess or infection
  • A persistent bad taste in the mouth
  • Fever

Also, keep in mind that sometimes an infected nerve simply dies without causing pain or other symptoms. In these cases, Dr. Russo will still recommend a root canal to take care of the infection, which can spread and become very dangerous if left untreated.

What Is a Root Canal Procedure Like? 

3D model showing a red, inflamed tooth and root canal

Root canals are typically completed in just one visit which takes around two hours. Here are the basic steps involved:

  • Russo will start by making sure you’re completely numb and comfortable.
  • Next, he’ll make a very small opening in your tooth to access the inner pulp and remove the infected tissue.
  • After cleaning out the canals that run through the root, he’ll fill them with a rubbery material called gutta percha.
  • Finally, a tooth-colored filling material is used to seal over the small opening that was made in your tooth.

Since a root canal removes a tooth’s blood supply, it naturally becomes more brittle and susceptible to breaking over time. To prevent this, we usually recommend getting a dental crown in the near future to restore the strength of your tooth.  

The Benefits of a Root Canal

woman looking at dentist holding jaw

Dr. Russo only has two options to treat a painful infection in the nerve of a tooth: a root canal or an extraction. Since each and every tooth contributes to your oral health, we only recommend extractions as an absolute last resort. And while there are certainly good replacement options like a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture, nothing is quite as good as your own teeth. A root canal prevents tooth loss so you can eat, speak and smile with confidence for many years.

And with Dr. Russo’s expertise as an emergency dentist in Orlando, root canals are nothing to fear. In fact, the procedure won’t make your pain worse – it will make it much better!