Dr. Alexander uses root canal therapy as a treatment method with the goal of preserving the natural tooth. No one wants to lose a tooth and once a tooth is lost, the replacement methods are often stressful and expensive.
The term “root canal” actually refers to the natural cavity at the center of the tooth. There is soft tissue and nerves inside the root canal. Damage to the tooth can cause bacteria or debris to enter this area and cause irritation, infection, or in extreme cases, an abscess. An abscessed tooth is very serious and should be treated immediately as the infection can spread to other parts of the body. If you believe you have an abscessed tooth, contact our office immediately to schedule emergency dental care.
Root canal therapy usually requires multiple visits. First, Dr. Alexander will take digital x-rays to evaluate the tooth and root canal, looking for signs of infection in surrounding areas. A form of anesthesia will be administered help you relax. Next, a tiny hole is drilled into the tooth to access the infected area. Damaged or infected tissue will be removed along with any debris found inside the tooth. The root canal is then thoroughly cleaned and polished. The tooth may be temporarily sealed to keep out food and saliva between appointments.
Contact Dr. Alexander to schedule an appointment f you suspect you need a root canal in our Jacksonville dental office.