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You’ve probably heard that getting root canal therapy is no picnic. Many people are scared when they hear they need one. Fortunately, because of modern medicine, having root canal therapy is probably not as bad as you’ve heard. In fact, receiving root canal therapy usually feels similar to having a cavity filled. Still, do you ever wonder what happens during this important treatment?

Typically, you’ll need to have root canal therapy if the center of your tooth–which is also known as the pulp–is damaged or infected. Your pulp can’t repair itself, so if you don’t address the issue in the center of your teeth, the problem could spread to your roots, making root canal therapy a necessity.

During this treatment, our dentist will remove any diseased pulp, then clean and seal the area. Next, our team will create a restoration for your tooth. If you care for this restoration well, it could even last a lifetime. You typically won’t have to do anything more than brushing and flossing regularly.

There are a few things you can look for to catch tooth decay before it becomes too serious. For instance, if you experience consistent pain, pain when you bite down, or sensitive teeth, you may need this treatment. However, you could also need root canal therapy without feeling any pain. If the center of your tooth dies, you may not feel any discomfort at all. To help you avoid this issue, we recommend visiting our dentist once every six months. We can examine your mouth for signs of trouble.

If you’d like to learn more about root canal therapy, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. David Goldschein, please don’t hesitate to contact Generations Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at 813-251-5740. We’re eager to hear from you.