Root Canal Specialist

The Smile Fairy Dental Spa

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Naples, FL

Root canal treatment is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures in the United States with more than 15 million occurring annually. Patricia Primero, DDS, specializes in this critical, tooth-saving treatment at The Smile Fairy Dental Spa in Naples, Florida. When the roots of your teeth become infected, it’s often only a root canal that can save your teeth from severe decay and eventual tooth loss. If you’d like to talk to Dr. Primero about the specifics of a root canal, call the office or schedule a consultation with her online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that Dr. Primero performs to save a tooth from serious structural harm when the soft tissue pulp has incurred infection, damage, or decay.

The fleshy pulp is the soft inner layer of your tooth made up of blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerve fibers. Pulp that’s infected or damaged can become inflamed, which pinches the nerves and causes you severe pain. 

Before the advent of root canals, teeth with diseased or damaged pulp were removed entirely. With a root canal, Dr. Primero can comfortably preserve your natural tooth, restoring your comfort as well as your natural smile. 

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of damaged pulp include:

  • Severe toothache
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Pain when chewing or applying pressure
  • A dark or discolored tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness in your gums
  • A tiny pocket of pus or pimple at your tooth’s root

If you notice any of these symptoms and they don’t subside quickly on their own, it’s imperative that you come in to see Dr. Primero right away. 

What happens during a root canal?

Dr. Primero begins by administering a local anesthetic that will make the procedure comfortable and painless. Then, she uses a special dental drill to create a small hole in the top of your tooth. Next, with an endodontic file, she begins to scrape out your damaged pulp. 

With your pulp chamber and root canal fully clear of diseased tissue, Dr. Primero cleans and disinfects the inside of your tooth. Once this is done, she seals it up with a rubbery compound. 

After the bulk of the procedure is complete, Dr. Primero seals the hole in the top of your teeth shut and applies a filling. In most cases, she’ll recommend having a porcelain crown placed for extra protection after your root canal. 

Is a root canal painful? 

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal doesn’t cause you pain. In fact, it relieves pain. You come in for a root canal because a damaged pulp is the root source of pain you’re feeling. Once you’re done with your root canal treatment, you’ll feel much better. 

To learn more about how a root canal works and how Dr. Primero skillfully performs this procedure, schedule a consultation with her today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.