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Something is amiss in your mouth. A severe toothache has arisen, and the pain worsens when you bite down. Maybe a tooth has sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. A tooth may be discolored, or you may have swelling and tenderness in the gums. Maybe you’ve noticed a pimple on the gums that won’t go away. If you have any of these symptoms, root canal therapy may be needed. Be aware that sometimes no symptoms are present.

Why is a Root Canal Needed?
A tooth’s pulp can become infected if it experiences trauma, deep decay, or multiple procedures. The pulp is the area in the center of a tooth where the nerves, veins, and connective tissues are located. When the pulp becomes damaged, bacteria forms and multiplies in the pulp chamber. An abscess, which is a pus-filled pocket, can form on the root of the tooth. If this is not corrected, swelling may occur in the face, neck, or head. Infection in the root canal can also cause bone loss in the tooth root. Drainage issues can also occur, which can cause a hole in the tooth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?
During a root canal, Dr. David Goldschein will remove the infected dental pulp from the inside of the tooth. The tooth’s roots are then cleaned out and sealed. Often, a dental crown will be placed to protect a tooth that has had a root canal performed on it. Root canal therapy can save the tooth.

To learn more about how a root canal in Tampa, Florida, can help your smile and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, we encourage you to contact Generations Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today. We are excited to care for you and your smile!