Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is the most misunderstood procedure in dentistry. Myths and stories are repeated over the years until many people believe they're true.

Let's put the discussion to rest once and for all—root canals are tooth-saving procedures that relieve pain, not cause it. 

When you need root canal treatment in Odessa, FL, turn to the team at Mint Dental Care to provide compassionate care and a stress-free procedure. There's no reason to fear root canal treatment with leading-edge technology, powerful anesthetics, and comforting sedation dentistry!

Why Is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?

Dr. Hayder recommends a root canal or endodontic treatment when dental pulp deep inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Infection occurs in a tooth when bacteria find their way into the pulp area, usually through a crack, deep cavity, or a hard knock or blow to the tooth. 

In this case, the only procedure to eliminate the infection and relieve your pain is root canal treatment. The only other option is tooth extraction, which we don't commonly recommend.

How Do I Know I Need a Root Canal?

Understanding the symptoms of an infected or abscessed tooth is important. Severe pain that worsens is a common symptom, but not everyone with an infected tooth experiences a toothache. 

Other symptoms of tooth infection are: 

  • A painful or swollen jaw
  • Swollen or inflamed gums
  • Pain that radiates to the face, ears, or neck
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • A dark or discolored tooth
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth

A root canal infection is asymptomatic in some cases, so it's crucial to have your dentist check your teeth every six months.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

The first step is to make sure you are settled comfortably in the dental chair. We offer neck pillows and blankets, and you can enjoy your favorite programming on our in-room TV. Our sedation dentistry options include nitrous oxide or laughing gas and oral sedatives to help you relax.

Thanks to advanced technology, root canal treatment at our Odessa dental office is streamlined and highly efficient. Dr. Hayder has invested in rotary endodontic technology instead of the manual instruments that many dentists use to perform the procedure.

Leading-Edge Technology for Comfortable Treatment

Instead of rigid steel files, our dentist uses electrically-powered rotary endodontics with a fine nickel-titanium tip. Because the tip is flexible, it can easily reach into curved root canals to remove infected pulp comfortably and with no unpleasant sensations for the patient.

After Dr. Hayder removes the infected pulp, he disinfects the area and fills the hollowed-out space to prevent reinfection. The final step is to seal the tooth and place a temporary protective filling.

Some soreness or swelling in the area for a day or two following the procedure is common. Taking a store-bought pain reliever like ibuprofen and using a cold compress should bring quick relief.

Placing a Final Filling or Crown on the Tooth

After two weeks of healing, you'll return to Mint Dental Care, and Dr. Hayder will take an x-ray to ensure that the infection is eliminated. The last step is to place a final filling or dental crown on the tooth for long-term strength and protection. 

Do You Have an Infected or Abscessed Tooth?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please call our dental team right away. A root canal infection can escalate quickly and even spread to other parts of your body if you don't seek treatment promptly. 

We offer same-day emergency root canals at our Odessa dental office whenever possible. However, if we can't perform treatment that day, Dr. Hayder can prescribe an antibiotic to relieve your pain until we can schedule a full appointment. 

At Mint Dental Care (formerly Dental Pros of Tampa), we proudly serve patients in Tampa, Odessa, Greater Northdale, Keystone, Westchase, Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Cheval, Lutz, and surrounding communities.