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Root Canal Therapy

Dr. James Magee provides root canal therapy in his own Orlando root canal office.

Among the advantages of being a patient of Dr. James Magee is his expertise in performing root canals. If you need a Orlando root canal dentist, Dr. Magee will perform it in his own office and quickly restore your tooth to optimal health. With local anesthesia and Dr. Magee’s precise techniques, the treatment involves minimal discomfort. Most patients feel only a slight pressure and many find that the procedure is comparable to receiving a dental filling.

Why might you need root canal therapy?

When a cavity goes undiagnosed and untreated, bacteria continue to multiply, and you may develop a dental infection that affects the soft pulp inside the tooth. This infection can spread to the roots of the tooth. This can lead to a painful abscess, which is a pus-filled sac, located at the end of a root. Signs that an infection is present is tooth ache, painful sensitivity to temperature when eating and drinking, chronic bad breath, and gum inflammation and sores. If you suffer from a severe toothache, chronic soreness on one part of your gums, or bad breath, you may require root canal therapy at our Orlando root canal practice. If your tooth becomes cracked, broken or a large filling is damaged, the roots of the tooth may be traumatized and painful. In this situation, even if infection has not reached the roots, Dr. Magee may recommend root canal therapy prior to tooth restoration with a dental crown.

Before recommending root canal therapy, Dr. Magee will take x-rays, examine your teeth, and may perform a temperature test. Your tooth and nearby gum tissue will be numbed with local anesthesia. When the local anesthesia has taken effect, he will isolate your tooth from the surrounding teeth using a rubber dam to prevent any infectious material that comes out of your tooth from going into your mouth. He will create a small opening in the top of your tooth and with special dental instruments remove all bacteria and infected pulp. To ensure that all harmful material and other debris has been removed, Dr. Magee will take x-rays. When the your tooth is completely cavity-free, he will fill the empty root canals and tooth opening and use a sealant prior to restoring the tooth to optimal appearance and functional form.

What if you delay root canal therapy treatment?

When root infection is not treated, it can become intolerably painful. The spreading of the infection can destroy the viability of the tooth and force you to have the tooth extracted and replaced with a dental implant or bridge. Infection can spread to other teeth, gum tissue and even the jawbone. This affects not only your oral health but also your systemic health and quality of life. Root canal therapy followed soon after by a crown is the best way to prevent the spread of infection. Because we work with a highly experienced dental lab, we can provide lifelike dental crowns that not only enhance the appearance of your smile but also enable you to eat and otherwise function normally.

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