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Why do I need a root canal?

If your dentist recommends a root canal, it means you have a deep root infection in your tooth. When the root and pulp of a tooth are infected, it can be excruciating. The infection can also spread.

In some cases, if the infection is only emerging, or if the nerve is not viable, you may not feel pain, but your dentist in Winter Park will find the infection during a routine exam.

If you do show symptoms, typically they include:

  • Toothache or increased tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • A blister on the gum

The root canal treatment is very straightforward. Your dentist thoroughly numbs the area around your tooth, gently extracts the infected root and pulp, and closes the tiny hole with a temporary filling. At your next appointment, we provide a permanent filling or a dental crown—we recommend the latter if the infection has left your tooth weak and vulnerable to cracking.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that goes over your tooth. It is colored to blend in with your teeth, and we offer CEREC same-day crowns in our dental office.

If you have one or more symptoms of a root infection, or if you would like to schedule an exam, contact a member of our team today.

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