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Root Canal Therapy

At Spanish Trail Dentistry we are happy to offer our patients in Pensacola, FL a variety of cosmetic dentistry services. Among those services is root canal therapy.  Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.  In order for Dr. Jeff Strickland to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function. 

Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth. Root canal treatments have a high success rate and typically last a lifetime. However, on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections. 

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy: 

·       An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.

·       Sensitivity to hot and cold.

·       Severe toothache pain.

·       Sometimes no symptoms are present.

·       Swellingand/or tenderness.

 

Reasons for root canal therapy:

·       Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).

·       Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.

·       Injury or trauma to the tooth.

 

What does root canal therapy involve?

 A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist).

At your first appointment, while the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva.  An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria.  If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.

At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials.  A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. Additionally, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed.  This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.

After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

You will be given care instructions after each appointment.  Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment. If you think yourself or someone you know is considering root canal therapy we encourage you to have them reach out to us to book an appointment


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My daughter Debbie is a dental hygienist and we Readings and the Bass family know a good dentist when we use them ( Jeff )! Dr. Strickland and his entire staff are "the most to say the least". We would not think of using anyone else.

John Reading, Pharmacist

Dr. Strickland & Staff:

I want to share my happiness with you all about my decision to switch dental providers a little over 1 year ago.

My only regret is " why did I wait so long?".

Each of you make each visit an extremely pleasurable experience. Dr. Strickland, I love your "chair-side" manner and your attention to detail is outstanding. I find myself looking forward to my dental appointments rather than dreading the session.

The warm and welcoming greetings along with the family-like interaction that your patients receive from Mary Virginia, Beth, Deirdre, Kyline and
Jennifer are endearing and make me feel like a family member, rather than just another patient!

It all is such a pleasant and comforting experience.

THANK YOU!

Michelle Pittman

Dr Strickland and staff is a fun and friendly office with a great team
with exceptional dental work. The reason I am taking the time to write this is
because I want people to know their is something special about this
Dentist and his staff.

I’m always surprised how much time Dr Strickland spends as he checked each
tooth and charts my gum line to the hygienist. Dr Strickland talks to me
about my teeth and gums and makes recommendations. They always treat me
well and meet my dental needs. Thank You Dr Strickland!!!!!!

Richard Wright 6 year patient

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