Root Canal in Naples
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the pulp, or soft
living tissue, of your teeth. A tooth that has been affected by deep decay
or extensive trauma may need a root canal to prevent the need for removal
and replacement with a tooth implant or partial dentures. At
Bayview Dental Arts, our dental practice offers comprehensive dental care near Naples, including
root canals, crowns, dental implants, and affordable dentures.
Root Canal Indications
A root canal may be suggested as a dental treatment for a variety of dental
conditions. The most common conditions that require root canal treatment include
severe decay that has damaged not only the outer layers of your tooth enamel, but infiltrated
the soft tissues of your tooth as well. This condition is most often caused
by neglecting regular oral care and putting off regular visits to your dentist.
trauma to a tooth caused by a physical accident, such as a fall, blow to the
face, or sporting accident. Teeth that have been dislodged or knocked
out of the mouth can often be replaced by your dentist, but may need root
canal treatment if the pulp was severely damaged. Cracked or chipped teeth
may also need root canals if extensive damage to the enamel has occurred.
long-term tooth grinding, which wears away the protective enamel of your teeth over time and leaves
the pulp and nerves exposed. This not only leaves the pulp more susceptible
to infection and decay, it can also cause tooth sensitivity that affects
your daily comfort.
What to Expect During Your Root Canal
A root canal procedure is a simple dental treatment that can be completed
in one visit. If you have any questions about root canal treatment or
other dental care in the Naples area,
call Bayview Dental Arts today at (239) 434-5545.
- Prior to beginning treatment, your dentist will take an X-ray of the affected
tooth to visualize the interior and determine the extent of damage or
You will receive a local anesthetic for comfort during your root canal
treatment. Your dentist may also place a rubber dam around the tooth to
keep it dry and contain any enamel or other debris.
- Any decay is removed from the outer areas of the tooth and an access hole
is drilled into the interior of the tooth. The infected or damaged pulp
and nerve tissue is removed from the tooth and the area flushed to remove
any remaining debris.
- Once your tooth has been cleaned, it is sealed with a special compound
to help the tooth retain structural integrity. Your tooth will be fitted
with a crown to restore its shape and function following the procedure.