Root Canal

Higgins Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Jacksonville, FL

Root canals enable patients with deep tooth decay to avoid tooth loss by preserving the original tooth. At Higgins Dental, Marcus Higgins, DMD, and the experienced team are skilled in advanced root canal techniques to assist patients. Enjoy superior results while reducing or eliminating discomfort. Call the Jacksonville, Florida, office today, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a process used by the dentist to treat decay or trauma which has damaged the central section of the tooth, known as the pulp.

The canals of a tooth extend from the pulp down to the jawbone and holds the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues which support the development of the tooth.

The dentist uses specialized instruments and techniques to access the pulpy interior of the tooth’s canals. When these techniques are used to clean and repair the interior of the tooth, it is referred to as root canal therapy.

How do I avoid needing a root canal?

Good oral hygiene is essential to preventing the deep damage and tooth decay that requires root canal treatment.

You should brush your teeth, thoroughly, twice a day and floss at least once a day. Make sure to have a professional dental checkup twice a year with a professional cleaning.

Regular checkups allow the dentist to identify and treat any issues before more invasive treatments like root canals are needed.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Some of the signs that a root canal is needed include:

  • Severe pain when eating or putting pressure on the tooth
  • Lingering sensitivity or pain when a tooth is exposed to hot or cold
  • A pimple like bump on the gums near the painful tooth
  • Darkening or discoloration of a tooth
  • Swelling or soreness in the gums surrounding a painful tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation at Higgins Dental today to see if a root canal is right for you.

Is a root canal painful?

Root canal procedures at Higgins Dental use innovative pain management techniques to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort experienced throughout the procedure.

Over-the-counter painkillers are suggested to treat any swelling or discomfort following treatment.

Is it better to have a root canal than to have a tooth pulled?

In nearly all cases, the better treatment option is to preserve the natural tooth. Natural teeth have roots which stimulate the continued cycle of bone replacement in the jaw for better oral health.

Additionally, saving a natural tooth is typically much less expensive than having one extracted and replacing it with a restoration device.